Dez Bryant remains a free agent this offseason after he was released from the Cowboys in a cost-cutting move. Where Bryant signs will ultimately determine his Fantasy value, but he has plenty to prove to Fantasy owners. While Bryant finished 2017 as the No. 26 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues, there were much higher expectations for him, and he only scored double digits in Fantasy points five times. He'll be 30 in November, and injuries to his foot and knee in recent years might have slowed him down. But with the right quarterback and offense he could still be a starting Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues. Keep an eye on where Bryant ends up, and he could be drafted as early as Round 5 or 6 in the right scenario. We still expect Bryant to be a good source of touchdowns -- he's scored at least eight touchdowns in five of the six years that he's played at least 13 games -- but it's his production catching the ball and yardage that will determine his final value
Bryant is scheduled to meet with the Browns on Thursday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. Bryant revealed his intention to meet with Cleveland last week when he said he was still in the process of getting ready for the season but would soon be ready to find a team. The Browns became an obvious fit after Corey Coleman was traded and Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession -- not to mention Josh Gordon's continued absence for personal reasons. Cleveland could still end up being a tough situation for target volume, as Gordon may return before Week 1 and Callaway may be able to avoid or delay a suspension. With Jarvis Landry, Duke Johnson and David Njoku also demanding targets, Bryant would be a long shot to match his accustomed volume from Dallas. Of course, that will probably be the case regardless of his ultimate landing spot, as it's evident front offices around the league no longer view the 29-year-old as a special player.
Bryant tweeted Thursday that he will begin visiting teams next week, including the Browns. Bryant doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry, saying he's still in the process of getting himself ready for the upcoming season. Cleveland became an obvious fit after Corey Coleman was traded to Buffalo and Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession, but Bryant also figures to weigh other options in his search for a new team. The 29-year-old is believed to be seeking a one-year contract.
Bryant was spotted at the Patriots' training camp Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The timing of Bryant's visit with New England is interesting given the team's placement of Jordan Matthews (hamstring) on injured reserve earlier Monday. The Patriots also recently worked out another veteran receiver in Eric Decker, though he left the facility without a contract. While it isn't yet clear if Bryant has left unsigned as well, the ex-Cowboy would seemingly be a great fit in a New England offense that doesn't have a clear No. 2 wideout for the first four weeks of the regular season.
Browns general manager John Dorsey said his team has discussed adding Bryant to the roster, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Dorsey seems to be referring to internal discussions rather than any specific contact with Bryant or his agent. Released by Dallas in mid-April, the 29-year-old wideout remains unsigned as players around the league report for the start of training camps. Bryant prefers to ink a one-year contract and hit the open market again next offseason, but he would probably be hesitant to sign in Cleveland, where he might only be the third fiddle behind Josh Gordon (personal) and Jarvis Landry. Of course, the discussion would change drastically if Gordon's absence from training camp were to turn into a larger issue.
Bryant likely will wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to sign with a team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Cowboys released Bryant on April 13, at which point most teams had already used up the majority of their cap space set aside for veteran acquisitions. The Ravens showed strong initial interest in Bryant, but their quick pivot to Willie Snead suggests the feeling wasn't mutual. The 29-year-old wideout hasn't minced words about his preference to stay in the NFC East, with New York seemingly his preferred destination. The Giants did release Brandon Marshall (ankle) last week in a move that cleared $5.2 million off their books, but the team still has a tight cap situation. Bryant might only be the third or fourth option in the passing game if he were to ultimately get his wish, as the Giants will bring back receivers Odell Beckham (ankle) and Sterling Shepard as well as tight end Evan Engram. Bryant is hoping to sign a one-year contract, which would allow him to hit the open market again next March, per freelance NFL reporter Ed Werder.
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