Report: Cowboys Making Strong Push, Dez Bryant ‘Optimistic’ About New Contract

Courtesy of USA Today Images
Courtesy of USA Today Sports: Bryant wielded no real power in negotiations.

Nearing the deadline to sign Dez Bryant to a long-term contract, the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly making a strong push to satisfy the star receiver.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has the scoop:

Hours later, the optimism seemed to be spreading.

The real sticking point here is going to be guaranteed money.

Bryant wants financial security in case of injury, but the Cowboys are rumored to be balking at a contract that doesn’t include protection against any off-field trouble, per Jason Cole of Bleacher Report.

Dallas doesn’t want this to turn into a prolonged holdout, which Bryant has threatened.

Getting a deal done today is in the best interests of all parties involved, so it’s encouraging to see the two sides may be coming together here at the deadline.

Bryant has caught 41 touchdowns the past three years and is one of the most deadly red-zone weapons in the league. He is the catalyst for Dallas’ prolific passing attack, which the team needs to keep humming along in order to compete for the Lombardi Trophy this winter.

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports