Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is staying mum on whether or not he’ll attend offseason workouts at Valley Ranch, which begin officially on April 20.
In a very predictable move, Bryant was given the franchise tag a month ago. He had said previously that he would be highly disappointed if the team franchised him, and he has yet to sign the tender. The Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas is in the same boat--franchised, hoping for a long-term deal--and he’s already declared that he’ll stay away from Denver’s offseason program.
Bryant has made no such declaration, leading us--and the Cowboys--to wonder whether or not he’s disappointed enough in being franchised to no-show. For what it’s worth, last month, owner and general manager Jerry Jones laid out the reasons he believes Bryant will ultimately decide to join his teammates at Valley Ranch.
“I’m not worried about that at all, and it’s because of how much he loves the game, how much he knows that preparation, practice, all of that improves him,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s at a time in his career where he’s physically still very much improving and can get better. We know that all of this offseason work helps prevent injury. He’s got every incentive in the world to do that.
"And of course we all know how much he loves to just get out there and play football, whether it’s in a game or whether it’s practicing. He makes an average guy’s work look like it’s a stroll in the park for him, as far as his enjoying preparing to play. So, no, I’m not (concerned).”
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