Dez Bryant's long-term future with the Dallas Cowboys has been one of the constant themes of the NFL offseason.
And, with just two days to go until the deadline for franchise tagged players to agree to a multi-year deal, the latest twist in the narrative is certainly not what Cowboys fans were hoping to hear.
According to an ESPN report, the star wide receiver has personally informed the Dallas hierarchy, specifically VP Stephen Jones, that he will boycott training camp and regular season games unless a deal is agreed to by Wednesday.
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Talk of Dez Bryant missing games first surfaced last months but those threats appeared to have passed when a sit-down meeting over the July 4th holiday weekend looked to have produced a breakthrough on a new big money contract.
Now though, per Ed Werder's report, the threat is back on the table and was delivered personally by the star wide receiver himself. According to Werder, Bryant "made the argument that he's proven himself to be the top receiver in the league over the past five years and should be compensated accordingly."
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With just over 48 hours to go to get a deal done there will now be serious concern that the Cowboys could face starting the 2015 season without one of their biggest stars.
Bryant has previously gone on record to say he wants to be a Cowboy for life and he is clearly putting the pressure on the famous franchise to give him a deal that would make that dream a reality.
Unfortunately for Bryant, with the likes of DeMaryius Thomas and Julio Jones yet to be handed new contracts, there is no clear market value for players of his calibre. The most recent talk was of a $100 million, seven-year deal but whether that offer will materialize in the next two days is now very unclear.
Should the two sides fail to come to terms before Wednesday's deadline then Dez Bryant will play through the 2015 campaign on the $12.8 million franchise tag regardless of his frustrations.
He cannot be fined should he choose to skip training camp in protest but would run the risk of losing over $750,000 for every regular season contest he sits out.
Cowboys fans will be hoping this latest ultimatum from Bryant leads to a last minute reprieve but, with only one meeting having taken place amidst months of speculation, they might not want to hold their breath.