He plans to table negotiations if no deal is reached before the Sept. 7 opener.
In his first preseason action Saturday, Bryant caught a 31-yard touchdown on a jump ball and nearly had another downfield reception. Officials ruled Bryant didn't have complete control as he went out of bounds. Bryant also gained 22 yards when he caught a pass over the middle and broke a tackle.
"We're more in attack mode," Bryant said. "That's our mindset."
Over the past three years, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had 94 receptions of 20-plus yards playing for Linehan.
On the play, Bryant toasted defensive back Dominique Franks, adjusting to Tony Romo's pass before Franks could react. Earlier Bryant made a 22-yard reception to get the Cowboys out of a 2nd-and-20 hole from their own 8.
"He's grown as an inside receiver," coach Jason Garrett said. "The trait and the qualities are different. I've been around a lot of outside receivers who looked like a fish out of water when they moved inside.
"If you picture an X receiver in right formation, there's no one outside of you. You're typically working against a corner by yourself or there's a safety rotating over the top. When you're inside, you have people inside of you and outside of you. You have a linebacker walked out, you have a safety coming down, and you have to have a feel for how to run the routes because there's a lot going on.
"It has a lot to do with your feel as an athlete -- your vision, your instincts and your experience. You have to get in there and do it."
Bryant wants to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season.
"It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I'm going to let it take care of itself," Bryant said. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of."
Bryant, 25, caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
"We'll see what happens," Bryant said. "This is a business. That's the way I've got to look at it. I know that's the way they look at it. We'll go from there."
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
Nike Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys Elite Jersey - Navy Blue Shop Now!