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