Cowboys WR Dez Bryant leads the league in TD catches this year and over the last three years, so the Cowboys won’t win a bidding war in free agency if they let him go.
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The Dallas Cowboys are poised to do whatever they can to keep Pro Bowl WR Dez Bryant off the free agent market in 2015 – even if that means betting a lot of money on a one-year franchise tag.
Contract negotiations with Bryant failed before the start of the regular season, leading team owner and GM Jerry Jones to confirm Tuesday morning via his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM that the franchise tag will come into play if necessary. Jones has previously stated his wish to keep Bryant in a Cowboys uniform for the rest of his career.
If Jones can reach an agreement with Bryant by mid-February, the franchise and/or transition tag will be available for NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray.
Bryant leads the NFL in touchdown receptions (14) this season and over the past three years (39). He has 56 TDs since 2010 and has averaged 90 receptions and over 1,200 yards in each of that last three seasons.