The Dallas Cowboys and their star wide receiver Dez Bryant have resumed contract talks as both sides met for the first time in months to talk about an extension. According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, the Cowboys and their franchise player met Friday, with Bryant’s agent and representatives from Roc Nation at the meeting.
Bryant has said he wants a contract extension negotiated before the start of the upcoming NFL season, and the 26-year-old wide receiver has threatened to sit out some games if he doesn’t get a new contract. Bryant is set to be paid nearly $13 million for 2015 -- but his contract expires after the season.
Bryant is most likely holding out for a long-term contract similar to that of Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who signed a seven-year $113.4 million contract in 2012.
The Cowboys have until July 15 to agree to a long-term deal with Bryant, who will hit free agency in 2016 if no deal is reached.
Bryant’s value to the Cowboys is unquestioned. He is a two-time NFL Pro Bowler, in 2013 and 2014, and a member of the NFL All-Pro First Team, in 2014. Bryant, who was the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has recorded 1,200-plus receiving yards the last three years with more than a dozen touchdowns in each season. Last year, he had 1,320 receiving yards on 88 receptions with 16 touchdowns.