NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that the sides did not reach an extension by Bryant's self-imposed deadline, according to sources involved in the situation. Now one isn't expected this year.
Bryant has insisted all offseason the contract talks weren't a distraction, but the wideout didn't want negotiations hanging over his head once games started.
Sides were making progress and a deal appeared on the brink late last month, but ultimately they couldn't lock down a deal.
The 25-year-old pass-catcher will enter the final year of his rookie contract paying him $1.78 million. Bryant believes he is a top-five receiver (he is) and should get paid like one (he should).