Dez Bryant has today finally broken his silence as rumor and speculation continue to circulate regarding his long-term future with the Dallas Cowboys.
In the past week alone there has been talk of the star wide receiver sitting out minicamp, waating to be the top paid player in his position in the NFL, and even the possibility that Bryant would skip the Cowboys season opener.
Until now, the voices in this debate have largely either been media men 'in the know', or Cowboys officials. Taking to Twitter this afternoon Dez Bryant clearly wanted to put his side across.
Security or selfish?
The $13 million Dez Bryant refers to in his message is the $12.8 million franchise tag that was placed on him by Dallas back in March. That tag is still yet to be signed as the player and his representatives angle for a big money, long-term contract.
Having attempted to make his case by opting out of all Cowboys team activity to date, including mandatory minicamps that began yesterday, some have argued Bryant should simply accept his franchise tag for now and get back to helping the team build for an exciting 2015 season.
Clearly, though, Bryant is of the opinion that he should be rewarded for the sensational performances on the field since arriving at the AT&T Stadium.
The tag only lasts one year and so the receiver is perhaps right to be concerned about his "security" beyond that. Add to that constant rumors that Dallas are concerned about handing over so much money to a man they believe has the potential to implode and the situation becomes more complex.
Long road ahead
Bryant is willing to play the waiting game with the Cowboys in the hope that the franchise buckle first over a longer term deal.
It remains to be seen how this one pans out but, with Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones saying only yesterday that the two sides remain far apart, it looks like the situation could very well run up to the mid-July deadline for signing the franchise tag, and beyond.
It is unclear at this point exactly how much Dez Bryant wants before he signs on the dotted line. Having finished last season with an NFL high 16 touchdowns, however, it is more than likely that the figure is closer to the $15 million per year the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson are on than the $12.8 franchise tag sum.
NFL fans: Is Dez Bryant being selfish, or mistreated by the Cowboys? Have your say in the comments below...
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