Although Dez Bryant recently stated that he would like to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys, it’s clear that the team has no interest in reuniting with the star wide receiver.
The Dallas Cowboys parted ways with Dez Bryant this offseason, ending their relationship with a wide receiver who once caught more than 1,200 receiving yards for three straight seasons. Bryant still has something left in the tank at the age of 29, but the strong wideout has yet to find a real market in free agency.
Although the Cleveland Browns were once rumored to be interested in Bryant, the AFC North team has elected to stand pat with Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, and Antonio Callaway as their top three wide receivers in an offense that includes talent at running back and tight end.
Meanwhile, Bryant has been left making vague statements on Twitter. He stated that he’ll sign somewhere “soon” before later tweeting that it is his preference to continue playing for the Cowboys.
Most people saw that tweet and rolled their eyes, knowing that this ship sailed a long time ago. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed this by plainly stating that it is not in Dallas’s best interests to re-sign Bryant.
Jones said on his weekly radio interview appearance, via the Dallas Morning News’s Jon Machota, that while he remains friends with Bryant and that Bryant would probably be a Cowboy if it were up to him, it’s a “different story” when it comes to whether or not it’d be in the team’s best interests to reunite with him.
Dez should be able to latch on somewhere at some point this season, but it all depends on fit and asking price. He caught 69 passes with six of them going for touchdowns in the 2017 season, so Bryant remains a quality wideout, even if he’s no longer a star. It seems like a matter of “when” not “if”, given that Bryant says he’s fine with playing anywhere despite preferring to go back to Dallas. He’s had to wait quite a while, but one big injury could lead to a phone call.
As for the Cowboys, they are dealing with a makeshift crew of wide receivers in front of Dak Prescott. Cole Beasley has been the only consistent option in the passing game, with the likes of Tavon Austin, Deonte Thompson, Allen Hurns, and rookie Michael Gallup occasionally flashing.
The hope is likely that one or two of those receivers will emerge at some point this year, but, in the meantime, the Cowboys will continue to ride Ezekiel Elliott’s legs in the hopes of producing a competitive season in the NFC East.