Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is looking for a new contract, but if he doesn't get one by the start of the regular season, he'll put discussions on hold.
Bryant is entering the the final year of a rookie contract that's worth $1.78 million this season.
"I don't want to talk about it anymore," Bryant said at a corporate event on Monday night. "Put it behind me. I love this game. Either way, I feel like I can't be distracted once I'm on the football field."
Bryant's agent, Eugene Parker, has discussed a long-term extension with the Cowboys for several months. Reports indicate that the two sides were not close before training camp began, but Bryant thinks there is some progress.
"We're in conversation," Bryant said. "I'll say that. We're talking. We are talking. It only gets better from there. Let's see what happens."
The 25-year-old Bryant wants to be one of the league's highest paid receivers. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions currently has that designation with a seven-year, $113.5 million contract that includes $48.75 million guaranteed.
"I believe a player should get paid what he deserves," Bryant said. "If I'm top five, I'm top five. If I'm top three, I'm top three. If I'm top two, I'm top two. It is what it is.
"Do I like the wait? No. But do I understand the wait? Yeah, I understand it. I understand it clearly. But at the same time, the No. 1 goal for me is me out here with my teammates going to war with them. That's exactly what I'm focused on."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones understands Bryant's interest in tabling talks once the season begins.
"That's not uncommon and it makes all the sense in the world," Jones said. "I know Dez, know him well and he wants to have his mind on nothing but football. Obviously, he wants to be responsible as it pertains to his business, but it's a pleasure to have someone that the only thing other than his family that matters to him is playing football for the Dallas Cowboys.
"I know he wants to be able to walk out there against San Francisco (in the Sept. 7 opener) and not think about anything else. That's a plus for everybody."