On Tuesday, Jerry Jones, Cowboys general manager-owner, said that the team is ready to use a franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant during the offseason if they can’t agree on an extension with the player for the long term. Pay per head wagering companies can see that there’s clear conflict between both sides, and wonder what will ultimately happen with the team’s top receiver.
Jones confirmed that this is something expected to happen if an agreement on a deal cannot be reached.
When Jones was asked if the team could lose the player in free agency to another team, he said that it wouldn’t be the case because the Cowboys have an available franchise tag.
“No, we have the franchise — for sure. Not at all,” he said. “You’re talking about Dez? No, we have the franchise alternative — which I thought everybody was aware of.”
Jones said that he talked about the negotiation status between Bryant and the Cowboys.
“The key thing is, in agreements — and these are agreements — to be trite, two have to agree,” Jones said in the interview. “We’ve just got to come to an agreement there.”
Jones also said that Dallas have “got to really look at how we go forward managing our dollars.”
“Every dollar that one player gets is not there for the next player or for another player. And so this thing has to be balanced out,” he said.
Last month, the WR who’s a favorite with many fans for his talent in the game, said that he would rather choose to retire from the sport as a Cowboys player, a more important priority is to be respected. He also said that he should be one of the league’s three highest-paid WR’s.
“It’s all about respect. It’s all about respect,” said the player. “I am a very loyal person, but just don’t test my loyalty.”
Bryant, 26-years-old, stopped negotiations when the regular season was starting, as he said that during the season he was only looking to focus on the sport.
The player is leading the league with 14 TD receptions, which in the category is also the best in his career. For 1,221 yards, the player was able to make 84 receptions.
Bryant’s fans would really like to see what will ultimately happen with the player, and pay per head wagering companies hope that things clear up, so there can be a better idea of what the WR will do in the future.