Mike Fisher of CBS Local in Dallas is reporting that Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys are close on a seven-year, $100 million extension.

But sources tell me his wait is almost over, the two sides having moved to such a negotiating comfort level that there is discussion about announcing a done deal following the July 4 weekend.

The specific structure of a new deal — maybe worth $100 million spread over seven years — is not yet known. But I am told that owner Jerry Jones wants to make a “positive mark’’ on what figures to be one of the most high-impact contracts he’ll pay as Cowboys owner.

Meanwhile, team management wishes to avoid any negativity (resulting from a holdout or even from long-term disgruntlement should Bryant simply play under the $12.832 million franchise tag) that could detract from this team’s cause — which includes Bryant serving as a leader on a contending team.

The guarantees are likely holding up the deal, with the Cowboys preferring to give out $20 million initially before backloading bonus money through incentives.

By Glemn Erby


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