Dez Bryant says no to possible pay cut

Dez Bryant Not Interested in Pay Cut This Offseason

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"I believe in me".

Hours after Dez Bryant aired his thoughts and emotions about a disappointing season, after he told reporters he's allowed his frustration with the scheme impact his performance and wanted to make sure everyone knew he's been dealing with tendinitis since early November, Jason Garrett was asked to respond.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection is scheduled to have a base salary of $12.5 million and a salary cap hit of $16.5 million in 2018. The problem for the Cowboys is that Bryant's pay hasn't really matched his production over the past few years.

Those numbers are down from what he's averaged in past years.

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Dez Bryant in the three seasons before his new contract (2012-2014): 48 games played, 433 targets, 273 catches, 3,935 yards, 41 TDs.

Bryant had not appeared on the team's injury report the past five weeks.

If he can't make things work out financially with the Cowboys, he sounded slightly open to possibly changing teams.

"I've been dealing with my tendonitis", Bryant said on Wednesday.

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"But, hey, it's probably going to be my best offseason yet because I'm going to enjoy the s- out of it. That's who I am". While much of this can be chalked up to Ezekiel Elliott's six-game absence, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' receiving corps never seemed to get into a rhythm. "You got to discuss that with them". With the offseason starting Monday, the 29-year-old said he's going to focus on getting completely healthy. I don't know, probably not. I'm going to enjoy it. And I'm looking forward. "Me personally just wanting to do different things. I got my mind on 2018".

We have a feeling the offseason dialogue between Bryant and the Cowboys could get interesting.

But he has no intention of taking a pay cut to stay in Dallas. Were the Cowboys to release him prior to June 1, they'd save $8.5 million against $8 million in dead salary cap space.

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