It looks like if the Cowboys don’t get a long-term deal done with wide receiver Dez Bryant in the next week and a half or so, it’ll be a good while before we hear any more about it.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Bryant is set to shelf contract talks for the season if a deal isn’t done before the Week 1 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
"Once the season starts, I'm all in," Bryant said. "I've got this team to worry about. ... The work that I put in, the love, the real love, the real passion that I have for this game overtakes everything. I honestly feel like what I do sooner or later, I'm going to get what I deserve. I believe it. That's why I don't stress about. There's no need to stress about it. It's coming. I know it's coming. So no need to worry about it."
To be sure, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a deal done, too. But he understands Bryant’s stance regarding what could potentially be a distraction--if not for Bryant, for other players in a similar position.
"That's not uncommon and it makes all the sense in the world," Jones said. "I know Dez, know him well and he wants to have his mind on nothing but football. Obviously, he wants to be responsible as it pertains to his business, but it's a pleasure to have someone that the only thing other than his family that matters to him is playing football for the Dallas Cowboys. I know he wants to be able to walk out there against San Francisco and not think about anything else. That's a plus for everybody."
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