So it looks almost certain now that the Dallas Cowboys will keep their star receiver and key offensive player Dez Bryant. But, by no means, is this the way Bryant wanted to remain a Cowboy.
Dez Bryant and Dallas have spectacularly failed to agree on a deal for the long-term and the Cowboys are admitting publicly that it's highly likely that Bryant will be franchise tagged by them before the NFL's deadline on March 2.
To say that Bryant is disappointed with not coming to an agreement with the Cowboys is an understatement, and he let his frustrations be known via Twitter on Tuesday.
Swipe at Dallas
Retweeting and replying to the comments of fan Franco Gonzalez - who explained that he loves how committed Bryant is to the Cowboys - the star receiver explained that he wished that the Cowboys felt the same way about him.
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Franchise tag plans
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones revealed on Tuesday as well that Dallas are edging closer to giving Bryant the franchise tag for the 2015 NFL season.
"Right now we're probably leaning that way," Jones told ESPN. "But that doesn't mean it won't change."
Under the franchise tag, Bryant will receive a one-year contract and guaranteed salary that will prevent him from becoming a free agent. Currently, the salary cap for 2015 is undecided, but it's reported that Bryant could earn around $13 million next season. And Jones said the team will likely wait to find out the cap for next season before confirming their plans for Bryant.
"We'll probably wait 'til the midnight hour to make that decision," Jones added.
Bryant's comments a mistake
While Bryant's comments regarding Dallas's plans for him are misguided from the star receiver, the comments are unlikely to land him in any sort of bother.
However, having said that, Bryant would be best not commenting on the Cowboys' plans just in case they change their mind. The more leverage he has the better for himself, and he certainly deserves a long-term deal that's for sure.
What do you think Cowboys fans? Should Dallas try and secure Bryant for the long-term now while they can? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.