The Cowboys have had several discussions with the agent for Bryant about a lucrative, long-term extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp, according to multiple sources. Reported by ESPN.com
Bryant believes he has earned the right 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. Bryant, 25, who caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, has made it clear that he believes he's in that tier of playmakers and should get a contract that reflects as much. Asked Thursday whether he's a top-five receiver, Bryant said it wasn't his job to say, then added with a laugh, "But you know, there's stats." Since the start of the 2012 season, Bryant is tied for first in the NFL with 25 touchdown catches and ranks sixth in receiving yards (2,615) and seventh in receptions (185). And extension or not, Bryant will be on the field and almost certainly continuing to put up numbers that will satisfy fantasy football owners.