Dallas Cowboys have endured a difficult offseason to say the least and it seems like things may get a little worse before they get better - particularly for star receiver Dez Bryant.
Bryant was outstanding for the Cowboys last season, with 1,320 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. But despite this production, the Cowboys were unwilling to meet the star's demands earlier this month and are not willing to meet them now.
The Cowboys franchise tagged Dez Bryant earlier this month rather than offering him a new deal, and in an honest interview on Wednesday, Dallas owner Jerry Jones says the team does not plan on meeting Bryant's demands any time soon.
"It's not imperative for him or us to get something done by the season or otherwise," Jones told the Dallas Cowboys official website.
"Let's be real clear: The franchise is there just to do exactly what it's doing, and it really rewards, financially, a player.
"And so while both of us would like to have a long-term agreement -- and I can speak to that, we both would -- it's not imperative on any type of timeframe of months or during the time the franchise is in to get something done."
Playing the waiting game
Jerry Jones went further in his interview with Dallas's website, and revealed the reason why his team are holding back on offering Bryant a new deal right now.
"I'd say, in general, that receiver market is a tough market right now. Obviously, you've got Demaryius (Thomas) out in Denver who was franchised, and you've got some good young ones coming up in A.J. (Green) and Julio (Jones)," he said. "In general, teams are trying to figure out what that wide receiver market should be for these top young guys."
To an extent the decision by Jones and the Cowboys makes sense. They do not want to be locked in a situation where they offer Bryant a massive deal and then other receivers around the league of the same calibre as Bryant get offered and take less.