If the Dallas Cowboys cannot reach an extension with Dez Bryant prior to the start of the regular season then the wide receiver will table contract talks.
Bryant and the Cowboys have been trying to reach a long term deal that will keep the former No. 24 pick of the 2010 draft with the team longterm.
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” Bryant said Monday via ESPN. “Put it behind me. I love this game. Either way, I feel like I can’t be distracted once I’m on the football field.”
Dez Bryant won't discuss contract until offseason if deal not done next week. "I can’t be distracted once I’m on the football field."
— Tim MacMahon(@espn_macmahon) August 26, 2014
“I believe a player should get paid what he deserves,” Bryant said. “If I’m top five, I’m top five. If I’m top three, I’m top three. If I’m top two, I’m top two. It is what it is.”
After a series of off the field issues to start his NFL career, Bryant has been one of the NFL’s best wideouts over the last two seasons topping 90 catches and 1,200 yards in 2012 and 2013 and recording double digit touchdown totals.
With just over a week left until the regular season this one can go either way. Ultimately a deal is expected to get done as the two sides have been working to get closer thoughout training camp and the preseason. The Cowboys could use the franchise tag on Bryant next year if necessary.