Dez Bryant
WR FA
4 weeks ago

Bryant likely will wait until after the NFL Draft to sign with a team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

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
1 month 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.

EDGE Analysis

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
1 month 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.

EDGE Analysis

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
1 month ago

Bryant could be fit with the Bills, Cardinals, Ravens and Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Dez Bryant
WR FA
1 month ago3 Comments

Bryant was released Friday by the Cowboys following a brief meeting with team owner Jerry Jones, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scheduled for a $12.5 million base salary and $16.5 million cap hit both of the next two seasons, Bryant was still paid like an elite wideout after averaging 50 catches, 678 yards, 5.7 touchdowns and 12.7 games the past three seasons. His five-year, $70 million extension from July 2015 turned out to be a colossal bust, with major foot and knee injuries seemingly causing his skills to erode sooner than anyone had expected. Bryant nonetheless figures to draw plenty of interest as a free agent, considering he's only 29 years old and can offer a variety of explanations for his middling performance the past three years. He memorably ripped off three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014, and he did show signs of regaining his top form in 2016, highlighted by a 9-132-2 receiving line in a playoff loss to the Packers. Offseason addition Allen Hurns profiles as the big winner back in Dallas, where Terrance Williams (foot), Cole Beasley, Deonte Thompson, Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown also will compete for roles, with more help likely on the way after the NFL Draft.

Dez Bryant
WR FA
1 month ago

Bryant likely will be released by the Cowboys on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant is scheduled to meet with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who presumably will give the wideout a pay-cut ultimatum, one that Bryant is expected to decline. Barring a last-minute change of heart from one of the two parties, Bryant will hit the free-agent market on the heels of three straight disappointing seasons. He nonetheless would figure to have multiple suitors, as he's 29 years old and remains quite useful in the red zone. His down seasons in 2015 and 2016 were at least partially a product of injuries, while last year's struggles may have been related to the Cowboys' overly cautious passing game. Dallas hopes that speedy offseason additions Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson will help Dak Prescott stretch the field in 2018.

Dez Bryant
WR FA
1 month ago

Bryant will meet with owner Jerry Jones by the end of the week, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

With cap hits of $16.5 million both of the next two seasons, Bryant has hit a crossroads with the Cowboys. The organization will have to open its pocketbooks for the likes of DeMarcus Lawrence -- who received the franchise tag this offseason -- Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott in the next few years, so the team's highest-paid skill-position player appears to be the primary candidate for a restructured contract. The upcoming talks come on the heels of three underwhelming and occasionally injury-plagued campaigns. While missing 10 of a possible 48 contests during that stretch, he averaged 3.9 receptions for 53.6 yards (6.8 YPT) per game and scored 17 touchdowns. As an insurance policy, management reached agreement on deals with Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson last month and will have opportunities to address the situation during the upcoming draft. If Bryant isn't receptive to changes on his current deal, the Cowboys may pursue a drastic measure, such as his release.

Dez Bryant
WR FA
1 month ago

Bryant still hasn't met with head coach Jason Garrett or owner Jerry Jones to discuss his future with the Cowboys, Nick Eatman of the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Scheduled for a non-guaranteed $12.5 million base salary and $16.5 million cap hit both of the next two seasons, Bryant likely will be asked to consider a pay cut within the next few weeks. The Cowboys don't seem to be in any rush to address the issue, though it's generally best to make major roster decisions prior to the NFL Draft. Dallas already bolstered its receiving corps with the offseason additions of Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, providing insurance in case Bryant or Cole Beasley ultimately is released or Terrance Williams is slow to recover from offseason foot surgery. Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones both have said that Bryant remains part of the team's plan, but Stephen did acknowledge that the contract needs to be discussed. Bryant will turn 30 in November and has averaged only 3.9 catches for 53.6 yards in 38 games the past three years. He had three straight seasons with at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014, averaging 5.7 catches for 82 yards per game during that stretch.

Dez Bryant
WR FA
2 months ago

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Allen Hurns wasn't signed as a replacement for Bryant, also noting that the team still needs to talk to the 29-year-old wideout about his contract, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The signing of Hurns and, to a lesser extent, Deonte Thompson, has given rise to speculation Bryant could be released if he doesn't accept a pay cut. Stephen and Jerry Jones both said in January that Bryant is part of the team's plan for 2018, and while the contract situation is unresolved, it does seem the Cowboys still intend to keep Bryant. Monday's revelation that Williams is recovering from a broken foot adds further context to the recent signings, on top of the fact that Bryant, Williams and Beasley are all coming off disappointing seasons. Per OverTheCap, Bryant is scheduled for cap hits of $16.5 million in both 2018 and 2019, with the Cowboys able to save $12.5 million against the 2018 cap if he's traded after June 1 or released with a post-June 1 designation. Should Bryant refuse to accept a pay cut, the Cowboys could push more of his cap charge into 2019 by converting some of his base salary into a signing bonus, or they could discuss an extension that pushes the charge to 2020 and beyond. Both options are far from optimal, given that Bryant will turn 30 in November and has averaged only 3.9 catches for 53.6 yards on 8.0 targets in 38 games the past three seasons. Barring a pay cut, it only makes sense for the Cowboys to keep Bryant if they truly believe he'll return to peak form.

Dez Bryant
WR FA
2 months ago

Bryant's future with the Cowboys appears murky after the team signed Deonte Thompson on Thursday and Allen Hurns on Friday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cowboys reportedly made a strong run at Sammy Watkins, with plans of moving on from Bryant (or at least asking for a pay cut) if they'd been successful. Hurns and Thompson come far cheaper than Watkins, but the signings nonetheless hint at some level of dis-satisfaction with the trio of Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, all disappointments last season. Most offseason reports have suggested the Cowboys plan to stick with Bryant for at least one more year, and, for what it's worth, the 29-year-old wideout told Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan that he's happy the team signed Hurns. The situation will require close monitoring in the coming weeks, and perhaps even more so once the draft is finished.