The New Orleans Saints are reportedly in negotiations to add another weapon for Drew Brees to utilize.
New Orleans brought in three receivers for a workout on Tuesday. Among them was Dez Bryant. While the former Pro Bowler departed without a contract, the two sides are reportedly in negotiations on a deal.
Bryant was released by the Cowboys during the offseason and has yet to find a new team. He also negotiated with the Cleveland Browns but ultimately could not reach an agreement.
The Saints already boast an explosive offense, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. Adding Bryant, who caught 69 passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns last season, would give Brees another target to go along with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
There has not been much news on the Dez Bryant front recently, but we got a big update on Monday night.
NFL Media’s Jane Slater reports that Dez Bryant will be among the three wide receivers the New Orleans Saints work out on Tuesday.
Teams often host free agents for workouts early in the week, often on Mondays or Tuesdays. They usually host players in case they are looking to replace someone on the roster, or just to know who’s available and how they’re looking in case of injuries.
Bryant has gone the entire season unsigned after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason. The 30-year-old negotiated with the Browns before the season but never agreed to a deal.
Bryant played all 16 games for the Cowboys last season, catching 69 passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Saints are 7-1 and look like one of the best teams in the league this season.
The Houston Texans lost wide receiver Will Fuller for the season with an ACL injury on Thursday night, leading to questions about whether they might pursue a high-profile replacement.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked Friday if the team would look into adding free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant, and while he didn’t say yes, he didn’t say no, either.
Still a free agent, Bryant has been in the headlines for sniping with his former bosses and hasn’t really been linked to a team in a while. There’s no indication that the Texans are interested, and we don’t know if he would even be interested in the Texans. They’re a playoff contender he’d have a decent role on, so the speculation makes sense, but speculation is all it is right now.
Martellus Bennett is looking at the NFL through a different lens this season now that he has retired, and the former star tight end feels one man is taking too much of the blame for an entire team’s horrendous effort.
During Thursday night’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. took a lot of heat for having another outburst on the sideline as his team was getting throttled yet again. Bennett took to Twitter to defend Beckham and said analysts and fans are pointing the finger at the wrong player.
“Man these commentators have taken 150 shots at Odell tonight. Shut the f— up. Talk about the game stop trying to vilify every single thing he does,” Bennett wrote. “The giants are a bad team and it’s not because of him. Criticize how bad eli is playing.”
Bennett later clarified that he likes Manning and is not saying he is the only person to blame for the Giants’ poor performance.
Bennett also said he believes what was described as Beckham having an outburst was actually the Pro Bowl receiver just getting himself amped up, which may have been the case. Beckham was also questioned for leaving the field before halftime, but Giants coach Pat Shurmur later provided an explanation for that.
The Giants are clearly a very bad team, but Beckham signed a massive contract extension this offseason and has not acted like much of a leader with some of the negative remarks he has made publicly. While you can certainly understand his frustration, he knows by now how his actions will be perceived.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared to take a shot at Dez Bryant on Tuesday, and it didn’t take long for the free agent receiver to come up with a response.
In his weekly radio interview with 105.3 The Fan, Jones said the Cowboys have not had a legitimate No. 1 wideout for “several years,” which would include the time Bryant was with the team. When asked to elaborate, Jones implied that Bryant has never been in the elite category of receivers like DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones.
Bryant actually agrees that he was never a No. 1 option with Dallas, but he says that had everything to do with scheming and not his level of talent.
Former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe caught wind of Bryant’s response and felt the free agent was being “thirsty,” and Dez fired back at him too.
It wasn’t that long ago that Bryant was considered one of the most dangerous playmakers in the NFL, so it is surprising that he has yet to sign with a team. He recently received an endorsement from one of the greatest players to ever play the receiver position, yet it’s starting to seem like we won’t see Bryant in 2018. Perhaps Jones’ assessment is one that is shared across the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys have struggled to get much going in the passing game through the first five games of the season, and part of the reason for that is they lack an elite wide receiver. As far as Jerry Jones is concerned, they haven’t had one of those for years.
That includes you, Dez Bryant.
In his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones said the Cowboys have not had a legitimate No. 1 wideout for “several years.” When asked about Bryant, Jones seemed to indicate that Dez is not in the same class as some of the other elite receivers in the game.
It’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a shot at Bryant, but there is some truth to it. Bryant has not eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark since 2014. Injuries played a role in that, but he was clearly not the same player after Tony Romo left Dallas. Guys like DeAndre Hopkins have proven they can produce at an elite level with any quarterback, and Bryant was not able to do that toward the end of his time with the Cowboys.
Jones seems to have changed his stance from what he said after the Cowboys released Bryant, which probably means he is getting tired of answering questions about whether the team could use Dez or not. Unless Dak Prescott and company start producing consistently, those questions are not going away.
After watching the San Francisco 49ers during their regular season opener, Jerry Rice believes the team could use a little extra receiving help.
Rice told TMZ Sports that he doesn’t think San Francisco receivers are getting enough separation at the line of scrimmage in the red zone, and he believes Dez Bryant could bring a little bit of that.
“I think he can help us with experience and knowledge about the game,” Rice said of Bryant.
Based on one of his tweets from Sunday, Bryant seems to agree with Rice’s assessment. Whether the 49ers do is a different matter, but the veteran receiver is out there, and the 49ers could do worse than giving him a call if they think they have a need for some extra receiving help.
The 2018 NFL season kicked into full gear on Sunday without wide receiver Dez Bryant on a roster, but he expects to be helping someone soon.
Bryant jumped into a discussion among San Francisco 49ers fans, one of which argued Bryant wouldn’t have been much help in the team’s 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Bryant wasn’t buying that assertion, and assured everyone that he’d be back soon.
Bryant’s response isn’t just noteworthy for its content. It’s worth paying attention to the fact that he jumped into a discussion about the 49ers, a team that he’s previously showed interest in playing for. Maybe he’s hoping that a somewhat middling performance by their offense might spur them into giving him a call.
Dez Bryant certainly had opportunities to play this season, but as Week 1 looms, he’s still unemployed and that doesn’t look like it’s about to change. That means he’s received some inevitable criticism for his decisions.
Bryant’s former Cowboys teammate Cole Beasley thinks those criticisms are nonsense, and he said as much on Twitter on Friday.
Bryant had the opportunity to sign a multi-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason, but he turned it down, preferring to seek a one-year “prove-it” deal that he still hasn’t received. As recently as May, he’s said he has no regrets over turning down that deal. He had a plan and he’s stuck to it, and Beasley appears to be backing him up on that.
Will the Jacksonville Jaguars look into adding Dez Bryant to their roster? It sounds unlikely but not impossible.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was asked about Bryant in light of the season-ending injury to receiver Marqise Lee, and he made it clear that, at least for the moment, it doesn’t appear to be on the table.
There’s definitely one Jaguars player who would really like to see Bryant in Jacksonville, and it would appear to be an ideal situation for the receiver. The Jaguars are contenders and would probably be a short-term fit. There is no indication from either side that it’s anywhere close to being on the table, though.