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Dez Bryant Predicts WR James Washington Will Sign w/ Cowboys

Did just spoil some soon-to-be-announced Cowboys news? Maybe, maybe not; but late last night the former Dallas receiver did tweet out his belief that , formerly with the , will be with the Cowboys.

Washington had been in Pittsburgh for four seasons, playing out his rookie contract after being a 2nd-Round pick in 2018. He grew up in Stamford, TX, about three hours west of Dallas, and attended college at University.

Dez Bryant was also at Oklahoma State from 2007-2009 and is a Texas native. So it's not unreasonable that he would have an inside scoop on Washington's free agency negotiations.

While Dez may have some biased enthusiasm about Dallas adding Washington, it's concerning that James has never been a full-time starter despite being a 2nd-Round pick. He's been a regular part of Pittsburgh WR rotation but only has 25 starts in 60 career games.

Another concern is that Washington is more of an outside receiver and not the pure slot guy that would arguably complement and best next season. But given Gallup's ACL and the fear that he may not be ready for Week One, Washington could wind up playing other roles.

After leading the Steelers with 735 receiving yards with in 2019, Washington's production has dropped the last two seasons. Interestingly, his career year in Pittsburgh was the same season that missed 14 games.

However, that drop also coincides with as a new weapon in Pittsburgh's . Claypool was a 2nd-Round pick in 2020.

Perhaps James Washington, who turns 26 in April, is a better fit for another and offensive system. He was a pre-draft target for the Cowboys in 2018 and that interest may still be there.

The Cowboys WR has taken some big losses so far this . Within the last few days was traded to Cleveland and free agent agreed to a three-year deal with Miami.

Could Dez be right on this one? James has talent and, after a down year in 2021, may not have high contract demands. That could make him a perfect match for the Cowboys given some of their constraints.

James Washington has already been a Cowboy once, going back to his OSU days. If Dez Bryant knows something we don't at this point, perhaps Washington will soon be called one again.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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He used to drive me nuts with some of his games against the Sooners. I think he can play from the slot, and he’s certainly built for it (short and stocky). He used to make some insane catches and just blow by people to get wide open. That’s exactly what Dak needs in a receiver.

If the price is right, it might take a little sting off losing Wilson.

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