Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones denied to ESPN.com’s Ed Werder that wide receiver Dez Bryant has threatened to miss training camp and regular-season games if he does not get a long-term deal by Wednesday.
Werder reported earlier Monday that Bryant personally called Jones to tell him he would not be attending training camp and would sit out games if a deal is not agreed upon by Wednesday’s NFL deadline.
However, Bryant tweeted later Monday, “As much as I love football...on my beautiful babies.. I apologize #cowboynation but I will not be there if no deal #fact.”
According to the report, Bryant called Jones last week and told him that he wants to spend his entire career with the Cowboys. But he also said he wants to be paid like a top NFL receiver, though he admitted he understood why the franchise player designation was created.
Dallas used the franchise tag on Bryant in March. This season, the franchise tag for wide receivers is worth $12.823 million.
Bryant has yet to sign the franchise tag. He could forfeit more than $750,000 for each regular-season game he misses under the franchise tender.
Cowboys training camp starts July 30 in Oxnard, Calif., and the defending NFC East champions open the season on Sept. 13 in a Sunday-night game against the New York Giants.
“This is no rumor; it's legit,” Bryant told NFL Network.
Bryant did participate in individual drills during off-season team activities and showed up on the sidelines during the last day of minicamp last month, but did not practice.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said in March that he is not concerned about Bryant holding out for a new contract.
Bryant, 26, caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a league-leading 16 touchdowns last season and was named AP first-team All-Pro and to his second Pro Bowl. He has caught at least 85 passes in each of the last three seasons.
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