"I'm not worried about that at all, and it's because of how much he loves the game, how much he knows that preparation, practice, all of that improves him," Jones said.
The owner added there's no timetable for getting a multiyear deal done.
"It's not imperative for him or us to get something done by the season or otherwise," Jones said. "Let's be real clear: The franchise is there just to do exactly what it's doing, and it really rewards, financially, a player. And so while both of us would like to have a long-term agreement -- and I can speak to that, we both would -- it's not imperative on any type of timeframe of months or during the time the franchise is in to get something done."
"I don't have that kind of interest in doing that," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "While he may find one thing he likes about Hardy's contract, after that I don't think there's a lot for him to like about it.''
Most of Hardy's money is non-guaranteed.
It was reported over the weekend that the team planned to tag Bryant before Monday's deadline if a long-term deal could not be worked out. The two sides will likely continue to negotiate a deal to keep Bryant with the Cowboys past the 2015 season.
With Bryant receiving the tag, running back DeMarco Murray is on track to reach free agency.
The team has been trying to negotiate a long-term contract with Bryant, a free-agent to be. If a deal can't be made by Monday's franchise tag deadline, the Cowboys will use the tag to keep Bryant a Cowboy.
"I still think that (it) would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag deadline," Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told Fox. "Looks like we're eyeing a franchise tag on Dez, but certainly won't stop us from working hard to get a long-term deal. ... We just don't want to lose his rights."
Bryant had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns last year.
"I’ve never seen anybody just pout to the extent that they wouldn’t do it over this kind of money," Jones told ESPN. "That usually is not realistic. It's just too much money."
The two sides are working on a long-term deal, but if the deal doesn't come to fruition, the franchise tag is likely to be worth $13 million next season for Bryant.
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