Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Dez Bryant thanks Cowboys fans, wants to sign with NFC East rival

Dez Bryant thanks Cowboys fans, wants to sign with NFC East rival

Bryant isn't the receiver he's been in past years, but he's led Dallas in receiving four of the last six seasons, including last season when he produced 838 yards and six touchdowns on 69 catches. Bryant played all 16 games without a 100-yard receiving day last season for the first time in his career. That indicated an NFC East team might be willing to kick the tires.

When Dez Bryant signed his extension he was at the top of his game.

He is a big name and pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald would get some attention, but Bryant is not the same player he was and just simply would cost too much.

The Cowboys added receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in the offseason and have contemplated drafting a wide receiver in the NFL Draft.

Just about every wide receiver-needy team will covet Bryant, the Ravens included.

Later, Bryant started having fun with the already-heavy speculation about his next landing spot, retweeting a photo posted by Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins showing Bryant Photoshopped into a No. 88 Texans uniform. "They'd like to be able to see if there's a chance that he could play, not at the expense of a bad deal for Earl Thomas, but I think a deal for Earl Thomas now has to be in the mix".

He was selected No. 24 overall in the 2010 draft. The only thing the Jets couldn't offer Bryant is a shot at the postseason. But in many ways, it will be unusual to see the Cowboys next season without their longtime No. 1 wideout. Maybe easier. There is no guarantee any of Dak's receivers can fare any better than Bryant.

The Cowboys have been active in the wide receiver market this offseason despite few major changes to the group thus far. But that was Moss, and this is Bryant. Cowboys fans, meet your new No. 1 receiver - Terrance Williams! "I'm sorry they got to feel me it's's very personal". After eight seasons with the team, the two parties parted ways today. Amari Cooper needs a coordinator with a vision to free him up, and Bryant is the type of chess move that can make it happen.

That sure would be a very interesting fit for Bryant. Bryant, for a large portion of his final season in Dallas, seemed like a player either in decline or disinterest, and either one of those is enough to undercut a significant cap hit. In an ideal situation, they would sign Bryant and draft a promising rookie wide receiver in the draft, say D.J. Moore should he still be available in the second or third round, to grow and develop with Garappolo. He would also be a high-risk, high-reward player.

Also, Dez might have a bit of an agenda: to get a little revenge on the team that dumped him.

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