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Dez Bryant Makes Appearance at Cowboys Minicamp

Bryant is staying away from the team for the most part as he hopes for a long-term deal

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    The Dallas Cowboys headed to AT&T Stadium for their final day of minicamp practice on Thursday, and All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant was in attendance.

    Like his appearances at Valley Ranch earlier in the offseason, during offseason workouts and OTAs, this doesn’t signal any progress in his negotiations with the team. He still hasn’t signed his franchise tender, which would pay him $12.8 million for the 2015 season, meaning he can’t be penalized for missing the minicamp--and we’d guess this isn’t a sign that he’s backing off his reported willingness to sit out regular season games if he doesn’t get a long-term deal before 2015.

    Still, the team was happy to have Bryant there, even if his involvement was limited to tossing a ball around with his teammates and catching some passes while wearing street clothes.

    It’s great to have him here,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Dez obviously hasn’t signed his franchise deal yet so he’s not practicing. He’s dropped in throughout the offseason program. Dez is a special guy. He’s obviously a heck of a football player, very important to our football team, his approach is really well-respected by anybody on our football team, the guys he goes against, has a great passion for the game. It’s great to have him here.”