Dez Bryant Visits With Browns For Possible Contract

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant announced on Twitter that he's meeting with Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey next week.

The three-time Pro Bowler was released by the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason in a cost-cutting move. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bryant has remain unemployed since, but the Browns are giving him a chance to present himself and show why he's worthy of playing for the team that went winless a year ago.

Cleveland landed Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason. With Josh Gordon hopefully returning at some point in the 2018 season, the Browns could have three star wideouts to complement quarterback Tyrod Taylor or Baker Mayfield.

Bryant has registered a trio of 1,000-yard seasons, but hasn't reached the feat since 2014. He's been slowed by injuries and age over the last several seasons, posting just 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.

Those aren't bad numbers by any means, but certainly not stats that we're accustomed to seeing from Bryant. It didn't help that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott received a six-game suspension, which forced quarterback Dak Prescott to play without his top offensive player.

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Thus, the Cowboys offense struggled as a whole, and Prescott wasn't able to get on the same page with his receivers. With Bryant gone and tight end Jason Witten retired, the Cowboys offense will look a whole lot different in 2018.

For Bryant, it's surprising that the former Pro Bowler hasn't been signed by now. Sure, his age and recent injury history may worry some teams, but Bryant's big size makes him a great option in the red zone.

Bryant better hope that the Browns offer him a contract, otherwise it's anybody's guess when he'll get a meeting with another team. But at this point, the Browns probably should sign the former star to ensure they have another option in the passing game.


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