Monday, June 2, 2014
Bryant on franchise tag: 'We have to see'
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have held preliminary discussions about a new contract for wide receiver Dez Bryant. The team does a good job of finalizing new contracts prior to the start of the season with several of their players.
But over the past two seasons, the Cowboys franchised defensive end/outside linebacker Anthony Spencer after there was a failure to reach a long-term deal.
The Cowboys might have a similar situation with Bryant and could franchise him. The franchise tag for wide receivers in 2014 was $12.3 million.
"We have to see," Bryant said Monday when asked about getting franchised. "I know you’re going to hate this answer, but me and my agent (Eugene Parker) have to sit down and talk about that kind of stuff, and the rest of it should really take care of itself."
Bryant isn't thinking about his contract during the organized team activities, which entered the second week on Monday. Bryant's agent has a solid relationship with Cowboys' officials regarding new contracts for players.
Team officials don't seemed worried about getting a deal done.
"The thing about it is when it comes to football, I let that kind of stuff take care of itself," Bryant said. "I love this game and I always have. As long as I keep doing what I'm doing, that stuff will handle itself."
What to pay Bryant is an interesting topic. Calvin Johnson leads wide receivers with an average salary of $16.2 million, followed by Larry Fitzgerald's $16.1 million. Percy Harvin ($12.9 million), Mike Wallace ($12 million) and Dwayne Bowe ($11.2 million) are other top receivers with huge average salaries.
"Truthfully, to be honest, I’m not just talking, I really do let that stuff take care of itself, because I care about this game," Bryant said. "I’m not going to be out here, sitting out and doing all that crazy stuff. I’m just going to play football. If it’s deserved, it will come.
"You know, if that was to happen (a deal done before the season), that would be great. I’m still going to go out there and perform at a high level, because that’s how I work. I’m going to let it take care of itself."