Dez Bryant is prepared to sit out regular season games if he doesn’t get a new contract by Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver personally called the team’s executive vice president, Stephen Jones, to deliver that message as the deadline to extend franchise players approaches.
Jones, however, denied that Bryant had issued an ultimatum to him. But on Monday afternoon, Bryant left no doubts about his intentions.
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If the Cowboys are unable to sign Bryant to an extension before the Wednesday deadline, he will be forced to play the 2015 season under the franchise tag and wait until the 2016 offseason to receive an extension.
If Brady does take the matter to federal court, he wouldn’t be the first NFL player to do so. In February, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won an appeal of his indefinite suspension in front of a U.S. district judge and received reinstatement after losing his appeal to the NFL of the punishment in December.
Limited Mens Robin Ventura Jersey Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Greg Hardy is also reportedly considering an appeal to a federal court of his suspension, despite having it reduced last week from 10 games to four.
Brady has been the opening day starter for the Patriots for the past 13 seasons after earning the starting job early in the 2001 season. If he is unavailable for the team’s opening game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Patriots will instead turn to 2014 second round pick, Jimmy Garoppolo, to take over.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks: If he stays healthy behind whatever mediocre offensive line the Seahawks have this year, he’ll once again put up great numbers. Then the Seahawks will finally pay him what he’s worth. The only downside is that Pete Prisco’s head will explode when the guaranteed money is finally reported.