ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon says that the Cowboys and Dez Bryant have had several contract discussions, but are 'not close' to a new deal for the receiver as training camp approaches. Bryant, now in the final year of his rookie contract, is scheduled to make $1.78 million this season. That's very low when contrasted against salaries for comparable receivers. When asked whether he was concerned by the lack of a new deal, Bryant replied "I'm just going to keep on working."
To take a contrarian stance here: this is good news for Dez Bryant's fantasy value. Yes, typically when a player comes into camp unhappy about their contract situation, things don't turn out well. But Dez sounds remarkably mature when speaking about the issues. He sounds motivated. Of course he wants his money. And he deserves it. But he seems to understand that it's probably not coming until next season. Reading into his quotes, Bryant sounds like he sees the unsettled contract situation as an opportunity to demonstrate and capitalize upon his value, and that is good news for anybody lucky enough to own the star WR in their fantasy league. Don't be surprised if he ends up as the top-scoring wideout at the end of this fantasy season.