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Dallas Cowboys rumors: Dez Bryant puts clock on contract negotiations

Dez Bryant wants a raise that would pay him what he feels he is worth to play football.
Dez Bryant wants a raise that would pay him what he feels he is worth to play football.
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Dallas Cowboys rumors still include Dez Bryant contract talk. Now the latest Cowboys rumors have the Pro Bowl receiver stating that he wants the issue settled by Week 1 of the regular season. According to a report from ESPN on Monday night (Aug. 25), he says that he will table contract negotiations with the team if they don’t get things settled during the preseason. It’s not the first time he has wanted to re-negotiate the rookie contract he still plays under and fans might be tired of hearing about it by now.

Speaking about the situation, Bryant stated that, “I don't want to talk about it anymore. 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." He went on to say that he feels there is a “big chance” that he will have a new contract from the team before the season opener. That first game is set for Sept. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers and it is safe to assume that the team would love to avoid a distraction as it gets closer.

Despite putting up amazing numbers last season, Bryant is due to make just $1.78 million for the 2014 NFL season. During 2013 he caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns. This was a season after catching 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. It’s clear the 25-year-old receiver is worth more than he is being paid, which is why he keeps popping up in Dallas Cowboys rumors. While negotiations continue behind closed doors, that ticking clock is getting louder.