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Jerry Remains Optimistic About Dez Talks

Dez Bryant reportedly met with Jerry Jones to discuss a new deal earlier this week



    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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