Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said he plans on being with the team for the rest of his career. Bryant is scheduled to be a free agent next month.
Bryant was asked by NBC 5 Dallas about his impending free agency after a charity basketball game in Arizona.
“Regardless, I’m a Cowboy,” Bryant said. “But it is what it is. It’s business. I am a free agent. I’m very confident that something is going to happen, something is going to get done, and have these Cowboys fans excited for a long time."
Bryant, who will become an unrestricted free agent next month, is in the last year of his rookie deal and made $1.78 million in base salary this season.
Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones has already said if the Cowboys can’t reach a long-term deal this offseason that the team will place the franchise tag on Bryant. The franchise tag number for the 2014 season for wide receivers was $12.312 million.
Bryant was then asked to address the Cowboys fans who are concerned that he might leave and sign with another team when free agency hits.
“I’m a Cowboy at heart. It’s Cowboys forever,” Bryant said. “It’s a process. We are talking about big money. I am pretty sure it’s going to be positive at the end of the day.”
Bryant had 88 catches for 1,320 yards last season and led the NFL with 16 touchdown receptions, earning first-team AP All-Pro honors.
- Scooby Axson