Dez Bryant on skipping season opener: 'This is no rumor, it's legit'

Monday June 15th, 2015

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant confirmed his plans of possibly skipping the team’s season opener if he does not receive a long-term contract extension. first reported Bryan's desire to reach a deal with the Cowboys before the deadline for franchise players to sign extensions.

"This is no rumor; it's legit," Bryant said to NFL Network on Friday.

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, and Dallas has until July 15 to sign him to a long-term deal.

The Cowboys open the season on Sept. 13 in a Sunday night game against the New York Giants.

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Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones has said he is not concerned about Bryant holding out for a new contract, while Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones says the team will make every effort to sign Bryant.

Bryant 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. 

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The Cowboys finished 12-4 last year, winning the NFC East for the first time since 2009. Dallas beat the Detroit Lions in the NFC wild card round before losing to Green Bay Packers 26-21 in the NFC divisional round.

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