The Cowboys and wide receiver Dez Bryant have one more week to work out a multiyear agreement before the July 15 deadline comes and goes. If the two sides don’t strike a long-term deal by that deadline, Bryant will have to play on his one-year franchise tender in 2015, if he wants to play at all. Despite reports of positive movement in extension negotiations, it doesn’t appear that the two sides are close to an agreement for now. Here’s the latest:
- A league source with knowledge of the situation tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that no deal is imminent between Bryant and the Cowboys. “I don’t know where they get the optimism from,” the source said, referring to reports suggesting a deal could get done this week. “There’s literally nothing going on.” Florio also offers some theories about where the leaks of an impending deal are coming from, and how they might affect talks over the next week.
- Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan, who strongly suggested last week that a deal could come following the July 4th weekend, provides an update at Scout.com (subscription required). Fisher continues to suggest that there’s a level of “comfort” between the two sides, but adds that doesn’t necessarily mean that an agreement is close. Fisher expects both sides to roll up their sleeves and work toward getting something done by next Wednesday’s deadline.