Dez Bryant has established himself as one of the top two or three wide receivers in the NFL, and after he was slapped with the one-year franchise tag, he isn't a happy camper.
It should be noted, there is still plenty of time (until July 15, to be exact) for the Cowboys and Bryant to reach a long-term agreement before training camp begins, but if they don't it certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility that Bryant could hold out from training camp, and possibly even games waiting for a long-term deal.
Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones, however, isn't worried about that possibility.
“It’s not imperative for him or us to get something done by the season or otherwise,” Jones told the team's website. “Let’s be real clear: the franchise is there just to do exactly what it’s doing, and it really rewards, financially, a player. And so while both of us would like to have a long-term agreement — and I can speak to that, we both would — it’s not imperative on any type of time frame of months or during the time the franchise is in to get something done.”
Jones also addressed the widely held thought that Bryant is upset with his franchise tag, which will pay him more in 2015 than he's made in his entire career, to date.
“I don’t see angst there at all. I hear angst from media, but I don’t see angst,” he said. “And angst is equal — we both would like to have a long-term contract.”
So just get it done, Jerry. Get it done.