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.
1. Dez knows exactly who he is. 2. Money is not important to Dez at this point in his career. Not why he said no to that offer. If you don’t know anything about it don’t speak on it. From outside looking in it’s impossible to know anything in this business. https://t.co/T5noazEOiL
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier on @nflnetwork I reported that the @Browns still have interest in @DezBryant and that talks are ongoing. The Browns believe he has not fallen off as a player and want to add as many weapons as possible. The return of Josh Gordon has no impact on their interest in Dez.
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.
Asked a #Patriots team source if they had any interest in Dez Bryant. "Probably no." As for Jordan Matthews re-entering the equation after week 1, was told he could be an option but not until October. He was released with a hamstring injury early in training camp.
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.
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.
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.
No Dez Bryant-Cleveland Browns deal expected tonight, per source. The two sides will continue talking and “will know more tomorrow.”
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.