Dez Bryant did not sign with the Cleveland Browns despite visiting with them over a week ago. The fact that there is mutual interest between the sides coupled with a deal not being reached suggests the sticking point could have to do with money.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Browns’ offer to Bryant was for less than $5 million.
It’s unclear how much Bryant is seeking as a free agent, and it’s unclear just how far under $5 million the offer was. But it seems that there is a gap between what the Browns are offering and what Bryant wants.
The fourth week of the preseason is coming up, meaning Bryant is running out of time to join a team. And with certain teams seemingly out of the picture for him, he’s also losing leverage.
Dez Bryant’s visit with the Cleveland Browns last week may not have resulted in a signed contract, but that does not necessarily mean he will not end up joining the team.
NFL Media’s Mike Silver reported on Thursday that the Browns still have interest and remain in talks with him.
Bryant has remained a free agent ever since the Dallas Cowboys released him in April. He has suggested on Twitter that going unsigned for a long period of time was his choice.
The two suggestions for why Bryant and the Browns did not immediately reach a deal are that Cleveland was focusing on the return of Josh Gordon, while Bryant may prefer to play for more of a contender. But the issue is whether contenders are interested in Bryant, because one top AFC team is not.
The 29-year-old had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Don’t expect to see Dez Bryant in a New England Patriots uniform anytime soon.
According to Michael Giardi of NFL Network, the Patriots “probably” won’t have any interest in Bryant, even after their surprising decision to cut wide receiver Kenny Britt on Wednesday.
In theory, the Patriots have space for a wide receiver, and Bryant is certainly a tantalizing thought. It helps that the free agent receiver seems to have interest in the team, and it would fulfill the sort of contending situation he’s looking for. Ultimately, though, the interest doesn’t look mutual at this time.
Dez Bryant continues to use social media to drop hints on where he might like to play in 2018.
Bryant is still looking for a team after the Cleveland Browns passed on him, but he replied to a comment on Instagram indicating that he’d quite like to join the New England Patriots.
Does it mean anything? Probably not. There has been no indications that the Patriots have interest in Bryant, though they’d certainly fit the bill of what he’s looking for if they gave him a one-year deal to play for a contender.
Bryant has used his social media to drop hints about potential destinations before this, too. Nothing came of that, either.
Dez Bryant left Cleveland without a deal, and according to a new report, he won’t be getting one anytime soon.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns have put wide receiver Dez Bryant on the back burner after the return of Josh Gordon to training camp, and do not intend to offer Bryant a deal anytime soon.
Bryant and the Browns did not come close to a deal during his visit, and while they will continue to monitor the situation, it appears unlikely that he will play for them. He would prefer a one-year deal with a contender to rebuild his value.
Bryant seemed ready to talk numbers when he was in town, but nothing came of it. It’s not clear where he goes from here, as the Browns have been the only team consistently linked with him in recent weeks.
Dez Bryant and the Cleveland Browns are not expected to reach a deal on Thursday, according to a report.
Bryant was in Cleveland Thursday to visit with the Browns, who could use a big-time playmaker at receiver. He even brought his agent to the visit, suggesting he is serious about signing a deal. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that no deal is expected to be reached on Thursday.
Bryant, 29, remains a free agent even as we enter the second wave of games in the preseason. According to Bryant, that is by design. He has been most closely linked with the Browns throughout the offseason.
Bryant had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s had three straight down seasons by his standard, but he would be expected to perform well in Cleveland with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback.
Dez Bryant visited with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, and it would appear the star wide receiver is hoping to stay a while.
Mark Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that Bryant brought his agent, Kim Miale, with him while he worked out with the Browns. That seems like a pretty strong hint that he believes there will be contract negotiations. Bryant also stopped by the Browns’ in-house radio studio and told “Cleveland Browns Daily” that he likes the team and city.
While many believed at first that Bryant would not want to play for the Browns because they may not be a playoff contender, his social media activity has told a different story. All signs are pointing to him signing a deal with Cleveland.
Dez Bryant will reportedly take a major step toward finding a new home next week.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the free agent wide receiver’s visit with the Cleveland Browns is likely to be next Thursday, and given the importance of the fit, it will be very important to see how the two sides get along.
Bryant and the Browns have been in a public dance for a while now. He said Thursday he was ready to visit after previously wanting to wait until he was right to seize his opportunity. Cleveland has been most consistently interested, so we’ll see if the two sides hit it off. If they do, a deal could come quickly.
Dez Bryant says that he is interested in playing for the Cleveland Browns, but he is not ready to play yet.
Browns GM John Dorsey told reporters on Thursday that he has interest in Bryant but the receiver is not returning his phone calls.
Some took that to mean that Bryant is not interested in playing for Cleveland. According to Bryant, that’s not the issue. He said on Twitter he “wouldn’t mind playing for the Browns. I just want to be right first.”
Bryant said to another Twitter user that he is not ready to play yet.
“I’m going to play…just whenever I get ready… I’m not on anybody time…I’m still getting myself ready.”
The preseason has already begun in the NFL and training camps are in full swing, so the longer Bryant waits, the less ready he’ll be for Week 1. He probably should jump on an opportunity before it’s too late. A previous report had said the two sides discussed a one-year deal.
The Cleveland Browns traded wide receiver Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills this week, and some have wondered if the move was made to create room for Dez Bryant. If his social media activity is any indication, Bryant might be hoping that is the case.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that the Browns have interest in Bryant but are in a “holding pattern” as the former Dallas Cowboys wideout decides whether or not he wants to visit with the team. ESPN’s Josina Anderson had a similar report on Tuesday, noting that the Browns are skeptical that Bryant would sign with them.
However, a comment Bryant made on Instagram Monday night appeared to indicate he has interest in joining the Browns. When one of his fan pages shared a photoshopped image of Bryant in a Cleveland uniform, he commented, “I don’t look bad in that browns uniform.”
Anderson acknowledged Bryant’s comment but said the feeling within the Browns’ building is that Dez may not be serious.
Bryant is said to be seeking a specific type of contract, and the Browns still have plenty of salary cap space. They also already have a loaded wide receiver group led by Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry, so Bryant could conceivably have a big year in Cleveland if he faced a lot of single coverage. If contending for a championship in 2018 is a priority for him, the Browns don’t really make sense. That said, it doesn’t seem like Bryant has a ton of options at this point.