Dez: Without a New Deal in Place, “I Will Not Be There”

Two days until the deadline for a long-term deal, Dez Bryant has made his position clear

The pre-deadline posturing between the Dallas Cowboys and disgruntled All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant continues.

On Monday afternoon, Bryant tweeted:

A little backstory: As you probably know, Bryant (for the most part) stayed away from Valley Ranch all offseason and missed all team workouts, including the mandatory minicamp last month. He made appearances, and occasionally worked out at team facilities but did no on-field work with the team.

The Cowboys responded, pretty much, by doing nothing. According to reports, those times that Bryant did show up to hang out with his teammates were enough to encourage the team that he wouldn’t stay away from training camp, let alone regular season games, when he could be earning $12.8 million as a franchise player. They also reportedly think he needs the money.

Which brings us to today. A report surfaced Monday morning that Bryant had told the Cowboys directly that, yes, he would sit out camp and regular season games if a long-term deal is not in place by Wednesday’s deadline. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones quickly refuted those reports in a text message to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

But with the above tweet, Bryant has made his position clear in a way that none of the Joneses can refute.

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The deadline for a long-term deal is Wednesday, and we’ll have more on this as it comes.

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