Bryant was slapped with the franchise tag this offseason and has declined to sign the $13 million tender. He is seeking a long-term deal and has threatened to sit out the regular season opener if no such contract has been completed. If they cannot come to terms, he must play out the year for the $13 million.
"It's great to have him here," coach Jason Garrett said.
Bryant has not been attending the team's offseason program as he holds out for a contract extension.
Despite not practicing with the team, Garrett was confident Bryant would be ready to play when he reports.
"I know how he's working and hopefully we get the business stuff resolved," Garrett said, per the team's official website.
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"I have no doubt that when we play... he'll be leading the way against the Giants," Jones said.
Bryant has missed the team's entire offseason program as he holds out for a contract extension, but Jones said he was not concerned about Bryant being ready to play when he reports.
The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant earlier in the offseason.
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"It doesn't concern me one bit," he told the Dallas Morning News. "Dez loves football. He has a great passion for the game. He wants to be a great player. He wants our team to be great. He's been working every day to do that and we'll take care of the business as we go."
Bryant could opt to skip regular season games if the contract situation is not ironed out by then.
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The two sides have just under one month to agree on a long-term deal. If the job is not done, Bryant would play the season under the franchise tag. He also might boycott at least the season opener.
Agent Tom Condon is not optimistic.
"There hasn't been any converations," Condon told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "The only offer that we ever received from the Cowboys was the same offer that they gave to Dez prior to the time that he played the last year of his rookie contract."
Condon went on to say that Bryant could skip multiple games, which would be his prerogative if he winds up playing the season under the tag.
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