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Dallas Cowboys leaning towards franchise tag for Lufkin native Dez Bryant

DALLAS, TX -

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said they are considering using the franchise tag on Dez Bryant.

Franchise tag availability opened up on Monday, however the team has until March 2 to make a decision. Jones stated they were in no hurry to make a final decision.

Bryant said earlier this year he would be “highly disappointed” if the Cowboys gave him a franchise tag rather than a long-term deal. With Bryant and the NFL's rushing leader DeMarco Murray both entering free agency next month, the Cowboys can only give one a long-term deal because of salary cap space.

The NFL's 2015 salary cap has not been set, but the tag would be around $13 million for wide receivers.

Bryant expressed his concern about the deal on Twitter, when a fan reached out stating how dedicated Bryant is to the Cowboys. The wide receiver replied “I wish they felt the same way but it's cool. It's business.”

The Lufkin native caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a franchise record, 16 touchdowns.

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