Last week, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant announced his intention to table contract talks for the entire 2014 season if a deal isn’t done by Week 1’s matchup with the 49ers and, four days away, it’s looking like that’s not going to happen.
Perhaps encouraged by Bryant’s declaration, owner and general manager Jerry Jones is not concerned that a lack of a long-term deal will affect Bryant’s focus this season.
“I don’t want to answer that in a way that would make it look like I’m, in any way, slighting the importance of getting a contract done,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan on Tuesday, per the team’s website. “I’m not. On the other hand, there’s no one more focused on the practice or the game than Dez Bryant. Everything else he’s pulled the shade down on. He’ll be focused.”
Bryant has said he wants to be a Cowboy for life, but hasn’t discussed the issue much beyond that.
“He wants to get that business done,” Jones said. “He, I’m sure, feels at some point business will get done, that basically he’ll be focused completely on his assignments and beating San Francisco this week. And as we progress throughout the season, you’re not going to see, in my mind, a distraction.”
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