Dallas Cowboys All-Pro wideout Dez Bryant is set to hit the free-agent market. That puts the Dallas Cowboys in a bad predicament. Aside from Bryant, running back DeMarco Murray is also going to be a free agent and like Bryant, is expecting a big payday. There’s only one thing the team can do and that’s disappoint one of the players. Seems like Dez will get the pleasure of doing that.
Reports are coming out of the Dallas Cowboys camp that the team will be putting the dreaded franchise tag on Dez Bryant. That means, rather than making $30-40 million like he thinks he should’ve made on the open market, he’ll pick up just $13 million.
Both sides have allegedly been in discussions for some months now and have yet to come to an agreement. The only way now for the Cowboys to keep Bryant and try to re-sign Murray would be to franchise one of those players and attempt to sign the other next season.
Bryant caught 88 balls for over 1000 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The franchise tag is not what Bryant and his agents were looking for. ESPN’s Ed Werder says that if Dez is hit with the franchise tag, he will not participate in the off-season.