Dez Bryant WR FA 22 hours ago
Bryant left Cleveland without a contract, but he'll continue discussions with the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Bryant may not be satisfied with the money being offered, or he may just want to see what else is available around the league. There isn't much evidence of other teams having interest, apart from the Ravens offering him a contract in April. That ship sailed after Baltimore signed Willie Snead, but there are obviously still teams that could use help at wide receiver, including the Titans, Seahawks, Cardinals and Bills. The best bet seems to be Cleveland, where the uncertainty surrounding Josh Gordon and Antonio Callaway leaves the Browns in a tricky spot.
Dez Bryant WR FA 2 days ago
Bryant is reportedly optimistic about getting a deal done with the Browns, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Per the report, the free agent pass-catcher hopes to sign a one-year "prove-it'" deal with Cleveland. If that's accurate, it's something that can and probably should happen, with the Browns dealing with some uncertainly at wide receiver behind Jarvis Landry.
Dez Bryant WR FA 4 days ago
Bryant is scheduled to meet with the Browns on Thursday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
Bryant revealed his intention to meet with Cleveland last week when he said he was still in the process of getting ready for the season but would soon be ready to find a team. The Browns became an obvious fit after Corey Coleman was traded and Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession -- not to mention Josh Gordon's continued absence for personal reasons. Cleveland could still end up being a tough situation for target volume, as Gordon may return before Week 1 and Callaway may be able to avoid or delay a suspension. With Jarvis Landry, Duke Johnson and David Njoku also demanding targets, Bryant would be a long shot to match his accustomed volume from Dallas. Of course, that will probably be the case regardless of his ultimate landing spot, as it's evident front offices around the league no longer view the 29-year-old as a special player.
Dez Bryant WR FA 1 week ago
Bryant tweeted Thursday that he will begin visiting teams next week, including the Browns.
Bryant doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry, saying he's still in the process of getting himself ready for the upcoming season. Cleveland became an obvious fit after Corey Coleman was traded to Buffalo and Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession, but Bryant also figures to weigh other options in his search for a new team. The 29-year-old is believed to be seeking a one-year contract.
Dez Bryant WR FA 2 weeks ago3 Comments
Bryant was spotted at the Patriots' training camp Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The timing of Bryant's visit with New England is interesting given the team's placement of Jordan Matthews (hamstring) on injured reserve earlier Monday. The Patriots also recently worked out another veteran receiver in Eric Decker, though he left the facility without a contract. While it isn't yet clear if Bryant has left unsigned as well, the ex-Cowboy would seemingly be a great fit in a New England offense that doesn't have a clear No. 2 wideout for the first four weeks of the regular season.
Dez Bryant WR FA 3 weeks ago
Browns general manager John Dorsey said his team has discussed adding Bryant, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Dorsey seems to be referring to internal discussions rather than any specific contact with Bryant or his agent. Released by Dallas in mid-April, the 29-year-old wideout remains unsigned as players around the league report for the start of training camp. Bryant prefers to ink a one-year contract and hit the open market again next offseason, but he'd probably be hesitant to sign in Cleveland, where he might only be the third fiddle behind Josh Gordon (personal) and Jarvis Landry. Of course, the discussion would change drastically if Gordon's absence from training camp were to turn into a larger issue.
Dez Bryant WR FA 4 months ago
Bryant likely will wait until after the NFL Draft to sign with a team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Cowboys released Bryant on April 13, at which point most teams had already used up the majority of their cap space set aside for veteran acquisitions. The Ravens showed strong initial interest, but their quick pivot to Willie Snead suggests the interest wasn't mutual. The 29-year-old wideout hasn't minced words about his preference to stay in the NFC East, with New York seemingly his preferred destination. The Giants did release Brandon Marshall (ankle) last week in a move that cleared $5.2 million off their books, but the team still has a tight cap situation, not to mention greater needs than another wide receiver. Bryant might only be the third or fourth option in the passing game if he were to ultimately gets his wish, as the Giants will bring back WRs Odell Beckham (ankle) and Sterling Shepard as well as TE Evan Engram.
Dez Bryant WR FA 4 months ago
Bryant is unlikely to draw interest from the Ravens after the team signed Willie Snead to an offer sheet, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
Baltimore's decision to sign Snead can also be taken as a sign that Bryant wasn't responding to the team's initial interest after he was released by the Cowboys on April 13. The 29-year-old wideout has been pretty clear that he prefers to stay in the NFC East, where he'd have the opportunity to face his former team twice per season. Bryant sounded particularly excited by the prospect of joining the Giants, a team that recently released Brandon Marshall in a move that cleared up approximately $5.2 million of cap space. The Giants still have a tight cap situation as well as an impressive stash of young pass-catching talent, but it's not hard to see how Bryant could fit in alongside Odell Beckham, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, with the latter likely manning the slot in three-wide formations. Bryant may need to wait until after the NFL Draft, at which point it will be evident which teams truly have a need at wide receiver.
Dez Bryant WR FA 4 months ago2 Comments
Bryant sounded excited about the idea of playing for the Giants in an interview with Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.
Bryant has been clear about his preference to stay in the NFC East, where he'd get to face his former team twice per season. The Eagles and Redskins appear set at wide receiver, but the Giants would have an opening -- along with an extra $5.1 million in cap space -- if they were to release 34-year-old Brandon Marshall (ankle). However, there hasn't been any indication the interest is mutual, as the Giants might simply prefer to discuss a pay cut with Marshall. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Baltimore has displayed the most interest in Bryant since he was released by the Cowboys on Friday. Other possible destinations for the 29-year-old wideout include Houston, San Francisco, Green Bay, Buffalo and Arizona, though Bryant probably doesn't want to join a rebuilding team like the Bills or Cardinals, and he dismissed the idea of playing for the Packers. If he's truly set on facing the Cowboys this upcoming season, Bryant could check in with the Panthers, Seahawks, Titans or Colts.
Dez Bryant WR FA 4 months ago
Bryant could be fit with the Bills, Cardinals, Ravens and Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Released by Dallas on Friday, the 29-year-old wideout has hinted at a desire to stay in the NFC East on his twitter account, though there isn't an obvious fit for him in the division. If he's truly set on facing his former team this upcoming season, Bryant could check in with the Texans, Panthers, Seahawks, Titans or Colts, as none of the teams listed above is scheduled to play the Cowboys in 2018. Bryant averaged 50 catches, 678 receiving yards, 5.7 touchdowns and 12.7 games the past three seasons, with injuries playing a major role in 2015 and 2016. While his inefficient 2017 mark of 6.3 yards per target can't be ignored, it's worth noting that Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams (foot) also had poor seasons as part of a Dallas passing attack that struggled to push the ball downfield. Bryant shouldn't have trouble finding teams that view him as a clear starter.