Thursday June 18th, 2015

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant made a surprise visit to the team's minicamp on Thursday but did not practice, according to ESPN.

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant this off-season, which would pay him $12.823 million in 2015, but Bryant is holding out and hoping to secure a long-term deal. His agent said earlier this week that Bryant is willing to skip regular season games if he doesn't have a multi-year deal in place.

Players who have been franchise tagged have until July 15 to sign a long-term extension. 

According to ESPN, Bryant spent much of the practice sitting with teammates in the stands. 

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“It's great to have him here. Dez obviously hasn't signed his franchise deal yet, so he's not practicing,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “He's dropped in really throughout the off-season program. Dez is a special guy. He's obviously a heck of a football player, obviously very important to our football team. His approach is really well respected by anybody on our team, the guys he goes against. He's got a great passion for the game, and it's great to have him here.”

On Wednesday, Bryant addressed his current contract dispute on Twitter, asking “So how am I selfish?” 

The 26-year-old was named to the Pro Bowl last season after he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a league-high 16 touchdowns.

- Molly Geary and Dan Gartland

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