Dez Bryant's Agents Met With Cowboys

Dez Bryant's Agents Met With Cowboys

Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer

With the deadline to agree to a long-term deal July 15, Dez Bryant's agents and the Dallas Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting in nearly four months this week at the team's facility, sources said.

The meeting took place Friday, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Both of Bryant's agents, Tom Condon as well as Kim Miale of Roc Nation, met with the Cowboys, sources said.

Last month, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team would make a push to sign Bryant to a deal, but much work remains before that actually happens.

Bryant has yet to sign his $12.823 million franchise tag tender in hopes of a deal with larger guaranteed money. Bryant's camp has threatened the receiver will miss regular-season games even though there would be no financial incentive. After July 15, Bryant has to play the season on the tender, and the two sides could begin negotiations again after the season.

The only benefit to Bryant missing games would be if the team would agree not to use the franchise or transition tag on him in 2016. The Cowboys have a similar clause in place with defensive end Greg Hardy.

Bryant missed most of the Cowboys' offseason program, showing up for a handful of workouts and an organized team activity. He attended the final day of the Cowboys' mandatory minicamp June 18 but did not practice.

The Cowboys do not believe the threat to miss games because it would cost Bryant roughly $754,000 each week. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he believes Bryant will be "leading the way" when the Cowboys open the season Sept. 13 against the New York Giants.

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