In response to a question posed to Bryant via Twitter pertaining to when he might sign with a new team, the wideout tweeted "soon," UPI.com reports. In the midst of Week 4, Bryant -- who the Cowboys released back in mid-April -- remains without a team and with no known current offers. That said, as injuries build up around the league, it's conceivable that wideout-hungry squads may reach out to Bryant. In the event that he does catch on with a new team, he'd have to get up to speed with an unfamiliar playbook, as well as establish that he's in game shape. While fantasy relevance this season can't be ruled out for Bryant, such a potential outcome is far from imminent at this stage.
Bryant indicated via Twitter on Sunday that he's interested in playing for New England or Washington, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. It remains to be seen if either team will roll the dice on the veteran wideout now that Week 1 has kicked off and any contract Bryant signs won't carry the same guarantees as if he had been on an opening-day roster. It's worth noting that the Patriots waived wide receivers Riley McCarron and Chad Hansen on Monday, but they've also kicked the tires on free agents Brandon Reilly and Kendall Wright, so those moves don't necessarily point to potential interest in Bryant.
The Browns could re-engage with Bryant on contract negotiations at some point next week, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Cleveland reached out to Bryant early in training camp about a potential deal, but bringing the veteran into the fold became less of a priority for the team when Josh Gordon was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Aug. 25. While Gordon is expected to be ready to play in Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, adding Bryant to the receiver room next week would still have some appeal for the Browns due to the lower financial consequences at stake. Contracts for vested veterans like Bryant are only fully guaranteed through Week 1, so the Browns would have to guarantee just 25 percent of any salary in the event the wideout signs with the team at a later date. It's worth noting that Bryant has stated this offseason that he's eager to join a contender, which may temper his interest in committing to a Browns squad that, while seemingly on the rise, has gone 1-31 over the past two seasons.
Bryant still expects to play football this year, but he admits it may not happen until later in the season. Bryant turned down an offer from the Ravens during the offseason and wasn't able to reach an agreement after meeting with the Browns a couple weeks ago. He's otherwise struggled to draw interest since the Cowboys released him in mid-April, with teams perhaps turned off by his strong personality and lack of recent production. The 29-year-old may be worthy of a bench stash in deep leagues, but there's little reason to expect any contribution in September.
Bryant isn't a priority for the Browns at the moment, May Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. After meeting with the team Thursday and Friday and entering into contract negotiations, Bryant doesn't appear to be close to signing with a new organization. The wideout is looking for a one-year, "prove-it" deal and desires to play for a contender, so the Browns may not be the best landing spot after back-to-back win-less campaigns. Complicating matters somewhat in Cleveland is the return of Josh Gordon, who missed training camp due to personal reasons. Coach Hue Jackson said the two aren't connected, but the ship may have sailed on Bryant inking with the Browns.
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