Cowboys All-Pro WR Dez Bryant is visibly upset that Dallas can’t reach a new deal with him.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed his displeasure at the notion of having to place the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant instead of signing the All-Pro to a long-term deal.
The outspoken Cowboys owner was very disappointed that the team may be forced to give Bryant the one-year franchise tag – which would put them in the exact same position of having to sign Bryant to a long-term deal in 2016 – instead of working out the deal now.
“I can tell you I’m not that excited about the franchise tag with Dez simply because I’d like to have our agreement and our business in place for a long time to come with Dez,” Jones told ESPN’s Todd Archer.
The Cowboys attempted to reach a new deal with Bryant before the start of the 2014 season, but the talks stalled. Bryant would go on to lead the NFL in receiving TDs en route to an All-Pro selection and the Cowboys first trip to the playoffs since 2009. Bryant also broke the Cowboys franchise record for receiving TDs in a season, breaking Terrell Owens’ mark.
The Cowboys are in an exceptionally tough spot because they also have to negotiate a new contract with NFL rushing leader and Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray – who also is no longer under contract with the team.