“We got the opportunity to get Dez because of his foibles,” Jones said. “...we got him because we felt good about our support staff. We felt good about our willingness to basically contribute to Dez improving in areas that he had had challenges with in college.
Jones said that has spent more personal time with Bryant than with any other player during his 25 years as team owner and that Bryant is the only player he has co-signed for on personal checks.
“Now, he’ll be the first to tell you that a big part of why he has evolved is because he’s had great support, he’s had great encouragement," Jones said. "I think that he’s benefited. That’s rewarding, by the way”
That franchise tender is worth $12.82 million, but Bryant has the potential goal of securing a new deal by July 15. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would not be concered if Bryant is absent, noting how his Pro Bowl receiver loves to prepare for the game.
Bryant has not signed his franchise tender, worth $12.82 million, with the potential goal of securing a new deal by July 15. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would not be concered if Bryant is absent, noting how his Pro Bowl receiver loves to prepare for the game.
The Cowboys have OTAs beginning in May and a mandatory mini-camp from June 16-18.
"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.
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