Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have been in a state of flux virtually since the NFC East team opted to use the franchise tag on the star back in March.
With the wide receiver looking for a multi-year deal and the Cowboys tentative about handing out big money, the fast approaching July 15th deadline for the franchise tag to be signed had Dallas fans fearing no long-term solution would be found.
News this holiday weekend, though, suggests that a breakthrough in negotiations could finally be on the horizon - both sides closing in on what would be a mammoth contract.
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Mike Fisher - a well-respected authority on all things Cowboys - revealed on Sunday that the wait for Bryant's future to be resolved is almost over:
"Sources tell me his wait is almost over, the two sides having moved to such a negotiating comfort level that there is discussion about announcing a done deal following the July 4 weekend."
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Bryant has overcome some criticism to emerge as a truly elite wide receiver in the NFL and, if Fisher is to be believed, he is about to get paid like one of the very best.
"The specific structure of a new deal - maybe worth $100 million spread over seven years - is not yet known. But I am told that owner Jerry Jones wants to make a “positive mark’’ on what figures to be one of the most high-impact contracts he’ll pay as Cowboys owner."
The update will delight Cowboys fans who have been receiving mixed signals from both sides over the past few months. From Dez's cryptic tweets to the Cowboys front office's nonchalant response, there have times along the way were it felt negotiations were at a total standstill.
Instead, with nine days to go until the tag deadline, it looks like all that stands between Bryant and $100 million is how that huge sum is split up. Current suggestions are that Dallas would prefer to hand out $20 million up front before spreading out the significant sum in incentives.
While Dez Bryant's new deal wouldn't surpass that of Calvin Johnson it will still interest other franchises currently dealing with their own high profile wide receivers.
The likes of DeMaryus Thomas, AJ Green and Julio Jones are all set to receive big deals in the near future.
As for Dallas, after fears they might be without Dez Bryant for Week One of the 2015 season, it now appears they will have him locked in until around 2022.
Cowboys fans: Is $100 million over seven seasons good value for Dez? Have your say in the comments below...
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