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Jerry Rice believes Dez Bryant could help 49ers

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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.

Dez Bryant says he will be ‘pursuing football again shortly’

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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.

Cowboys WR defends Dez Bryant’s handling of offseason

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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.

Jaguars coach downplays question about adding Dez Bryant

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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.

Report: Browns’ offer to Dez Bryant was less than $5 million

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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.

Report: Browns remain in talks with Dez Bryant

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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.

Report: Patriots unlikely to have interest in Dez Bryant

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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 hints at wanting to play for Patriots

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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.

Report: Browns will not sign Dez Bryant anytime soon

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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, Browns not expected to reach deal on Thursday

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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.