Cowboys VP: Team “Leaning” Toward Franchising Dez

The two-week window for teams to apply the franchise tag began on Monday

The Dallas Cowboys are still committed to getting Dez Bryant a long-term deal but, for now, they’re leaning toward giving the star receiver the franchise tag.

The two-week window for teams to apply the franchise tag began on Monday.

“Right now all things being equal, it’s leaning more Dez with the franchise than it is not,” said Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, per the Dallas Morning News. “But that doesn’t mean it will stay that way.”

Of course, the Cowboys could franchise Bryant without any intention of having him play out the year under the tag. If they decide to use the tag on Bryant here in the next two weeks, they’ll have until July 15 to hammer out a long-term deal while keeping Bryant off the market.

“We don’t ever want to give up on a long-term deal,” Jones said. “It’s something we worked on all of last year and it kind of cooled off once we got into the season. We’ll continue to see what our options are and things happen quickly as you go along. Things can go along with a lot not going on, but all of a sudden it happens.”

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