Bryant gets Cowboys' franchise tag

Irving, TX ( - The Dallas Cowboys have slapped the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant.

The designation will keep Bryant off the free agent market and will give him a salary of $12.8 million for the 2015 season. The two sides can still work towards a long-term deal until July 15.

Bryant has emerged as one of the top receivers in the NFL. He caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a career-high 16 touchdowns in 2014, following 90-catch seasons in both 2012 and 2013.

In all, the 26-year-old Oklahoma State product has 381 receptions for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns in five seasons.