Earlier this week, it was reported that Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was meeting with owner and general manager Jerry Jones privately to discuss a new contract. Yesterday, it was reported that the talks had hit a bit of an impasse, with the two sides far apart on the issues of bonuses, structure and guaranteed money.
But Jones believes the talks were productive.
“I wouldn’t want to evaluate progress,” Jones said. “We’ve visited a couple of days. He and I spent about an hour before the luncheon visiting. We’ve had good visits. It’s a little different for me to be talking directly with a player. I know of two that I talked directly with in some pretty sensitive areas when you’re talking about money. One was Michael Irvin and another was Emmitt Smith. Dez and I have been visiting for years, regarding things.”
The Cowboys have the option of franchising Bryant next year, but the team seems truly intent on getting a deal done before it gets to that point.
“Certainly, I don’t mean to say anything is a given or easy,” Jones said. “I do want what’s in his best interest and I do want him to be a long-term player for the Cowboys. He knows that. I’m proud of the progress he’s made and we’re going to see if we can make this work for everybody.”
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