It has been a very trying off-season for the Dallas Cowboys despite ending a three year streak of 8-8 seasons in 2014.
The Cowboys made the play-offs and lost somewhat controversially in the divisional round to the Green Bay Packers.
Since the conclusion of the season, the Cowboys have suffered a big loss in DeMarco Murray who jumped ship to Dallas' NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Murray was the top rusher in the league last year and was a key instrument in the trio which led the Cowboys to the post-season.
Murray along with quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant ran riot over the NFL last season including a road victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the always loud CenturyLink Field.
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Well Dallas' tricky off-season still isn't over as they are currently stuck in a contract negotiation battle with their star receiver Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant earlier this year and have been hoping to sign him to a long term contract soon.
But as the new deal has still not been signed there is somewhat of a stand-off between both parties about the long term future of Bryant.
There has been a rumour that Bryant is even willing to boycott the team's opening game of next season in hopes that he can force through a new deal.
Bryant has now commented on the suspected boycott of team activities and it certainly doesn't look good for the Cowboys.
"legit. It's not bogus ... it could be longer than just the opener." - Bryant on the boycott
What it could do for the Cowboys to be without Bryant for the first game of next season against the New York Giants.
The Cowboys will surely be desperate to have Bryant available for their week two game at least as they go on the road to the Eagles.
Life without Bryant
Who knows what it could do to the Cowboys to be without their star receiver for the start of the season particularly since they will also be without their former star runningback.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has come under criticism as many feel that he and the team have failed to replace Murray.
Dallas did secure the services of former Oakland Raiders runningback Darren McFadden however but only time will tell if that is enough for them to lock up a second consecutive divisional title.
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