ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported that Bryant was considering a holdout that could extend into the season.
“This is not a rumor,” Bryant confirmed to Silver. “It’s legit.”
It’s no surprise that Bryant would attempt to maximize his leverage and stimulate talks with just five weeks remaining before the July 15 deadline for franchise players to sign new contracts.
Time will tell if Bryant is willing to play hardball, risking close to $1 million per game on the $12.823 million guaranteed under the franchise tag.
Until we see Bryant actually missing game action, we’re inclined to chalk this up to a ploy to coax the Cowboys to the negotiating table.
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