Report: Dez Bryant to visit the Browns Thursday
The Oklahoma State product is coming to a town.
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will take a visit to the Cleveland Browns Thursday as initially reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport last Friday. ESPN's Dianna Russini confirmed the news again Tuesday.
Bryant is expected to be among a group of wide receivers that the team brings in for a visit. Last Thursday, Browns General Manager John Dorsey told assembled media that he had efforted some phone calls to the talented wide receiver but Bryant had yet to return his calls. Bryant responded to the report on Twitter.
"For real... I wouldn’t mind playing for the browns.. I just want to be right first," Bryant wrote initially.
A series of tweets to follow have been live game accounts of Cleveland's Thursday night preseason game against the New York Giants. He also noted that he has, in fact, spoken with Dorsey. It has been pretty recent too apparently. Bryant now says that he will take a visit to the AFC North franchise.
"Starting my visits next week...I’m coming to the Land to see you Mr Dorsey," he tweeted.
One notable comment about Bryant's tweet is the 's' at the end of 'visits,' which suggests that he may take multiple visits.
There has been significant smoke to tie the two parties. Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry had a brief but meaningful interaction on Twitter following Landry's passionate speech on Tuesday's episode of HBO 'Hard Knocks.' Cleveland reached out to former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin, who remains close to the Dallas organization. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam would likely place a call to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones based on the respectful comments that they have made regarding each other in the past.
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Cleveland has a need at the position after trading former first round selection Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills. Josh Gordon remains absent from training camp.
The 29 year old has spent eight seasons in the NFL. He has missed ten games in the past three seasons. The Texas native has recorded 546 receptions in his career for 7,677 yards and 75 touchdowns. Bryant was released by the Cowboys Apr. 13. He signed a five year deal worth $70 million prior to the 2015 season. Shortly after the decision to release him, it was revealed that the Baltimore Ravens had offered a contract but Bryant declined. He is supposedly seeking a one year deal in order to boost his stock prior to free agency in 2019. He also initially said that he was hoping to play in the NFC East with either the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins or New York Giants so that he could play Dallas on an annual basis and enact his revenge. None of those teams have expressed interest in signing him. He is also seeking to play for a contender but interest has been limited.
Spotrac.com projects a market value of $37,702,689 over four seasons, which amounts to roughly $9.4 million annually. Cleveland currently has the most salary cap space in the NFL with $53,963,619.
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