The Dallas Cowboys know that they need to lock up superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant, who is one of the lynchpins of this offense. They’ve already locked up Tony Romo and Tyron Smith to massive deals, so the third incredibly valuable piece needs something on top of his modest rookie contract as well. Bryant is heading into the final year of his contract after catching a career-high 93 passes with 13 touchdowns last season, so he’s definitely going to make bank. After also extending Smith to a massive deal, a new contract for Bryant would put the Cowboys in even tougher cap territory, but it’s a price they should be willing to play; they can’t afford to lose an elite offensive player given the state of their defense.
Per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bryant and the Cowboys have failed to make any progress on a new deal today, and he adds that the Cowboys would have liked to get the deal done tonight in order to help fire up the fans. Basically, the Cowboys have been up to their old tricks by talking about “uphill battles” and the like in an effort to drive up interest, because this season is going to be a difficult one for the Cowboys, especially in light of front seven injuries to Sean Lee and Demarcus Lawrence (DeVonte Holloman was the most crushing one from a non-football side).
It looks like the Cowboys really want to get this deal done before the start of the regular season, but time is running out for that. It’s unclear if the Cowboys will negotiate with Bryant in the regular season, but it’s clear that an impending extension for Bryant is a much more important storyline than the Adrian Peterson report that emerged today.