Jerry to Fans: Don’t Fret Over Dez’s Contract

Dez Bryant is in the final year of his rookie deal with the Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones says there’s no need for fans to fret over the idea that Dez Bryant could depart this offseason in free agency. This is because, Jones said, the Cowboys will place the franchise tag on Bryant if it comes to that.

Bryant, meanwhile, is on record as saying he’d be disappointed if the team used the franchise tag on him.

No. We have the franchise [tag],” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “For sure. Not at all. You’re talking about Dez? We have the franchise alternative, which I thought everybody was aware of.

“Every team uses the franchise [tag]. The franchise [tag] is a vital part of putting a roster together today, either the leverage of the franchise position or the using of it. It’s just as valid as 10 percent of your cap money available to you. You cannot on any given one situation not make [the] franchise [tag] a very viable alternative. Boy, these guys are rewarded by getting that franchise money now.”

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