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Is Dez Bryant Really Going To Skip Training Camp & Games If He Doesn’t Get A New Deal From The Cowboys?

Submitted by on July 14, 2015 – 10:56 amNo Comment
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant isn’t the first NFL superstar to threaten to hold out of training camp because of a contract dispute. Over the last couple of decades, there have actually been quite a few players who have told their teams that they wouldn’t take part in summer practices because of issues with their contracts. However, Bryant is taking things a step further at the moment. Because while he’s already revealed that he would seriously consider skipping training camp if the Cowboys don’t give him the contract he wants by Wednesday of this week, he has also said that he’s fully prepared to skip games, too.

“As much as I love football,” he wrote on Twitter yesterday, “on my beautiful babies…I apologize #cowboynation but I will not be there if no deal #fact”

It’s clear that Bryant is playing hardball with Jerry Jones & Co., but is he going to stick to his guns?

If Bryant does skip training camp, the Cowboys will be able to fine him quite a bit of money for it. He will also miss out on checks for preseason and regular-season games if he decides not to play in those. And as a general rule of thumb, guys who hold out typically increase their odds of getting injured or failing to perform up to their usual expectations. So Bryant has every reason in the book not to hold out and to show up if and when the Cowboys refuse to extend him a new contract offer.

We get the sense that he’s serious about holding out, though, and we don’t really blame him for doing it. Unlike other players who have held out, Bryant has a legitimate beef with the Cowboys. You could argue that, without him, they wouldn’t have been a playoff team last season. You could make the same argument about next season. So Bryant currently has all the leverage in the world and, if he’s going to take a stand, now is the time for him to take it. It’s time to force the Cowboys to put up or shut up, regardless of what it takes.

Do you think Bryant should hold out, or should he report to training camp even if he doesn’t receive a new contract?

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