Dez Bryant's long-term future with the Dallas Cowboys remains a mystery as we approach mid-June.
Both he and the Cowboys hierarchy have gone on record to say they want a longer term contract agreed to, whilst the star wide receiver is yet to sign the franchise tag placed on him by Dallas.
With a July 15 deadline for a new long term deal to be signed, ESPN is reporting that Bryant could be plotting a fairly major statement that would affect the Cowboys' 2015 regular season.
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According to the news outlet, Bryant is contemplating sitting out Week One of the 2015 season unless a new contract is agreed upon in the next month.
A source familiar with negotiations to this point believes that Bryant could well consider "pulling an Emmitt Smith". Smith, of course, famously sat out the opening two games of the '93 season in order to force through a new contract which eventually came.
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The report will worry Dallas Cowboys fans who, after watching an impressive 2014 campaign, are expecting big things from Jason Garrett's team this year. Having the uncertainty of Dez Bryant's future at the forefront of headlines when the regular season begins would certainly not be an ideal situation.
A realistic option?
Whether Dez Bryant and his team would actually take such a drastic measure in order to force through the mega contract the six year veteran feels he deserves is another question.
With the receiver having surprised many by attending a voluntary OTA session last month it had looked like Bryant was doing everything he could to be a part of the team while his agent continued negotiations.
Dallas Cowboys' executive vice president of player personnel Stephen Jones had said last week that the franchise intends to make an offer to Bryant before the July 15 deadline. This latest report might just scare them into getting that contract together a little sooner.
If no deal is in place by then, then Bryant only has two options; play under the $12.8 million franchise tag, or stay off the gridiron. Everyone involved will be hoping it doesn't come to option two when the Cowboys line up to take on the New york Giants on September 13.
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