After Wednesday practice, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant spoke with reporters at his locker about current (and very public) contract negotiations, and stated that he’s a loyal person but, "Just don’t test my loyalty."
When asked to respond to the fifth-year pass-catcher’s comments on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] on Friday, Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones didn’t hesitate.
"Well, I would just say he’s a loyal guy," he said. "And we’re loyal guys."
Jones went on to explain that in his 25 years of owning the Cowboys, he has never had as much "inordinate" personal interaction with a player than he has with Bryant, even more than that of other No. 88 receiver, Michael Irvin, in the 1990s.
"We’ve both had a chance to show that we really work well together," Jones said. "We’re very loyal. You can’t count on us."
According to Jones, he has visited with the 26-year-old receiver on all aspects of business since he became a Cowboy in 2010. Jones believes it gives both parties an advantage, because when a "meeting of the minds" needs to happen, the personal familiarity sets a baseline for coming up with, "a common best solution for the team."
"We can count on each other to work it out," Jones said. "And that’s the way it’s been for the first five years that we’ve been together."
At the end of the season, Bryant’s rookie contract expires and will become an unrestricted free agent. Through 10 games in 2014, Bryant has 56 catches fro 793 yards and eight touchdowns.