- Josina Anderson confirms the report and adds that Bryant’s co-agent, Kim Miale, also joined Condon in meeting with the riday.
- Mike Garafolo mentions that the meeting between the two parties was an attempt at a “fresh start” in contract talks.
- Garafolo adds that there’s still a lot of work left to do before July 15.
There hasn’t been any reported progress between the two parties before this, so it’s at the very least a mildly encouraging sign that talks could continue in the weeks leading up to the July 15 deadline to negotiate with franchise players.
Bryant previously threatened to hold out of Week 1’s game unless they were able to reach an agreement on a long-term contract.
However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that sources around the league aren’t buying Bryant’s threat.
Cowboys VP of player personnel Stephen Jones said a few weeks ago that they are still planning to make a push to get Bryant locked up this summer, but there hasn’t been any reported progress between the two parties.
“We know he will be a Cowboy this year,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “If he ends up playing this year under the tag we will go right back to work again next year. Now would we like to get a long term deal on him? Of course we would. We’ll work hard to do that and I’m sure we’ll make a push at some point and see if we can make it work. If not, hopefully he will understand it’s difficult to make a deal at this point and he’ll come in and get ready to play.”
Dallas used their franchise tag on Bryant a few months ago, which means they’re looking at paying him a salary of $12.823 million fully guaranteed for the 2015 season. A long-term extension would offer them some immediate cap relief, but all indications have been that the Cowboys are approaching this situation with a great deal of caution.
Bryant, 26, caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns over the course of 16 games for Dallas last year. Pro Football Focus has Bryant rated as the No. 2 wide receiver in the league.
We’ll have more regarding Bryant and the Cowboys as the news is available.