ARLINGTON, TX — There were about 90 guys out on the field for the last day of Cowboys minicamp, but all eyes were on the one guy not wearing a jersey -- Dez Bryant.
He surprised everyone by showing up for the Cowboys last practice until August. It comes just days after saying he would consider sitting out games if the team didn’t sign him to a long-term deal by the July 15th deadline.
“He and I have been communicating all along and he knew what today was,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “I think it’s great that he’s here. He heard the message before practice, and again, it’s great to have him here.”
Yeah, Dez got to hear Garrett’s annual start of the year message, played a little catch on the sidelines, chatted it up with his QB, and probably most importantly, had an extended conversation with Jerry Jones.
Hmm... sure doesn’t look like a guy who’s ready to sit out a start against a division rival.
As for his teammates, they were hyped to see 88 back on the field.
“You know he’s been around three, four, five times this off-season since OTA’s and he’s always got a smile on his face,” said tight end Jason Witten. “There’s nothing more he loves than playing ball. So, I definitely know he’s itching to get out there and I trust that it’ll all work out.”
“Anytime you see Dez, he always has great energy,” said new Cowboys running back Darren McFadden. “He’s ready to play football.”
So, Dez is ready to play. Are the Cowboys ready to pay?
Hey, what’s a few extra million with a Lombardi trophy in the team’s sights?