IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has not taken part in the offseason program yet as he yet to sign the franchise tag tender, but offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is not too worried.
“He’ll be ready to rock and roll when it’s all said and done, I’m sure of that,” Linehan said.
Bryant is set to make $12.823 million this season under the franchise tag unless he and the Cowboys can reach an agreement on a long-term deal by July 15. If they don’t get a deal done then Bryant would have to play the season under the tender.
The Cowboys have yet to have as substantive talks with Bryant’s new agents, Tom Condon and Roc Nation, after they felt they were close on a deal last season when Bryant was represented by Eugene Parker.
Until Bryant signs the tender, he is not obligated to show up for any part of the offseason program, including the June 16-18 minicamp.
Bryant has been at the team’s Valley Ranch offices a few times in the offseason and has met with the coaches.
Linehan is not worried about Bryant being able to pick any of the slight changes that have been made to the offense.
“You’re kind of practicing on your depth and giving guys an opportunity to work with the first group,” Linehan said. “Normally that’s not going to happen. You’re kind of isolating that first group – Dez and [Jason Witten] and Terrance only at Z [receiver position]. Now I feel like it gives us a chance to kind of develop guys that normally would be working with the second or third group with our first group. You have to look at it as a great opportunity. I think it’s been really good for our guys.”