Agreeing on new long-term deals by February appears to be difficult since both teams have several other significant free agents that need to be re-signed. The most likely short-term option is to use the franchise tag on Bryant and Thomas.
"I just know what I’m going to accept and I know what I’m not going to accept," Bryant said. "You know, it’s not about the money. It’s not about none of that. I just feel like a little respect should play a factor in that. I love it [here]. I really do. But every day you grow. Let’s see what happens. It’s all about respect. It’s all about respect. I am a very loyal person, but just don’t test my loyalty."
Bryant is in the final year of his rookie deal and has been in talks with the
"Just something we can compromise on. I’m not accepting what’s given to me," Bryant said. "We’ll have to see. If it’s right, it’s right, I’ll sign my name on the dotted line. If it’s not, it’s not. At the end of the day, I want to win. But at the same time, I have a family and that’s what is important. I feel like, hey, I put the work in, I got to give myself some kind of credit."
Bryant, who salvaged his previous two games with red-zone scores, didn't need to depend on touchdowns for Fantasy value Sunday. He hauled in six passes for 158 yards, his highest total of the season, and also added a pair of long touchdowns for good measure.
Bryant has proven this season that he can thrive under pretty much any circumstances, so it is no surprise he finally broke out again with Romo at full health. There is no reason not to start him every week, once the team comes back from their Week 11 bye.
Bryant set a team single-quarter record with 158 yards in that stanza. Two of his six catches were touchdowns, including a 35-yarder in which he broke three tackles and a 68-yarder with 19 seconds remaining in which he broke free from cornerback Dwayne Gratz.
Strangely, however, Bryant was held without a catch in the other three quarters. He will catch nothing but a break until Week 12 as Dallas is now on its bye.
Tony Romo's back injury has hurt
Bryant has just five receptions for 45 yards over the last two weeks, but was able to salvage both subpar performances by finding the end zone. Still, he hasn't touched 100 yards receiving since Week 7, the last time Romo played a whole game. He was averaging 80.4 yards per game through Week 7, so Romo's availability should mean good things.
Of course, Romo is also one wrong hit from leaving the game, as he did in Week 8. That makes for some risk, but Bryant also showed over the last two games that he has a pretty high floor either way. Fantasy owners might be concerned about Romo's health and Bryant's flagging performance, but he's too valuable to consider benching for Week 10.
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