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Why There Isn’t a Market for Dez Bryant

When the released , the original thought was he'd have a pretty sizable market for his services. According to reports, however, there doesn't seem to be a market for Dez Bryant at this point.

Both Bleacher Report, and are reporting a general lack of interest in Dez Bryant by NFL teams, regardless of the money.

There are several reasons why Dez Bryant's market is as small as a watering hole in the Texas Summer.

Timing of the Dez Bryant Release

First, the timing of his was definitely not conducive to Dez Bryant getting in on the big money players like , , and Allen Robinson received in .

Bryant was released nearly six weeks after the start of the free agency period. That definitely hurt his ability to find a team. Not only had teams spent their money, but they began gearing up for the .

The Dallas Cowboys said it took time to convince Owner and that releasing Dez Bryant was the right thing to do.

Whether that's true or not, it left Bryant out in the free agency cold.

Deep Wide Receiver Draft

In the 2018 , there were 34 wide receivers drafted in the 256 picks made this year. was the only position that had more selections made during the draft (39). It was always viewed as a deep draft. Ten players went in the first three rounds of the draft, which are the premium rounds for teams.

The and , teams that were rumored to have interest in Dez Bryant, each drafted a wide receiver with a pick in the first three rounds. The , the other team with interest in Bryant, took one in the fourth round.

As teams get into their mini-camps and , snaps are at a premium. Teams want to see what the guys on their roster have before bringing in another veteran receiver.

Dez Bryant Over-Inflated his Value

When Dez Bryant left, he targeted the as a landing spot, just so he could play the Cowboys twice in 2018. Like the rest of the NFL, there hasn't been a ton of interest in Bryant from Cowboys rivals.

The Baltimore Ravens were one of the first to be linked to Dez Bryant and they reportedly offered him a three-year deal worth $21-million dollars. Bryant turned down the offer hoping to sign a one year deal with a bigger guaranteed number to prove himself worthy of a long-term deal.

Adam Schefter from ESPN reported on NFL Live that far more teams are unwilling to pay Dez Bryant the league minimum than teams that are.

The New Orleans Saints were rumored to have interest in Bryant as well, but that hasn't led to any sort of offer. Not even much of a rumored pursuit.

The “at least for now” part of Pat Doney's tweet above is an important factor to consider regarding Dez Bryant's market. While team's may not have much interest at the moment, there is a lot of time left between now and week one of the NFL Season.

Dez Bryant's Production

While it's easy to point the finger at others, other teams, and the timing of the release, it may not be as complicated as we're making it out to be.

explained to Drew Davison on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio (also of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram), on-field production had just as much to do with Dez Bryant's release as money was. The production didn't match the payment.

This via Mike Fisher at and 105.3 The Fan.

“It was a collective deal. The (inability) to win one-on-one, to win down field. There was inconsistency as well as some huge things in his play. So what’s best moving forward for Dez Bryant and the Cowboys, we just made that decision. It’s a production-based business.”

Will McClay on ESPN Radio 103.3 Dallas-Fort Worth

McClay later attempted to clarify those statements with 105.3 The Fan, but it's obvious that the team didn't feel the production Dez Bryant provided was worth the price to have Dez on the Cowboys' roster.

Dez Bryant's Personality

Dez Bryant's personality has long been a debated topic in . Many fans feel that the sideline tantrums and tirades are a distraction to the team. However, when players and coaches are asked about it, they talk about the passion and fire that Dez brings as a positive.

, speaking at his US Open qualifier, recently came to Bryant's aide.

“One thing, I don't know how many teams will do their homework on it, but Dez is a good teammate and I think sometimes that might get lost in the way that the emotional aspect of things. If I was talking to any of the GMs or coaches, I would tell them he's not going to hurt the locker room in any possible way. He's going to come out and he'll be a great teammate when he gets there. I think he'll have a couple of options here soon.”

Tony Romo via Todd Archer of

But that's not all of the story.

When Dez Bryant was released, he took it very personally and went on a Twitter storm to call people out about how things went down and let people know his displeasure with the way it happened.

Public criticism doesn't sit well with head coaches and front offices in any sport, but especially the NFL. Cowboys Nation weren't the only ones to see Dez Bryant's reaction to being released, and it wouldn't surprise me if that has had something to do with Bryant's market being dried up.

If the reports are true, that teams aren't interested in the wide receiver at the league minimum is a scathing indictment of Dez Bryant's reputation around the league.

Whether it's because his play dropped off or because of the personality that Bryant brings to the table, which is part of what made him great, teams aren't seeing the benefit of bringing Bryant into their locker room at the moment.

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Now, he will sign with someone, but it's looking like teams aren't backing up dump trucks of money to Dez Bryant's front door. For whatever reason, it's looking like Dez Bryant is going to have to convince a team to sign him. No one saw that coming when Bryant was released.

For everything that Dez Bryant has brought to the table over the years, this drama will be the one that defines the twilight of his career.

John Williams
John Williams
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Chuck Wright

Dez always has been his own worst enemy. Clearly I was never a fan, I thought his contract (top 3 WR money at the time) was unwarranted. He proved me right coming into camp out of shape leading to injuries which took their toll.

Good riddance. And I love the new crop of pass catchers.


Good article. I just wish our guys would wear that uniform combination, posted at the top of your article, more often.
Dez has not done himself any favors.
The Evil FO should have let him go and should be scrouged for waiting, but if he was in demand, he would be gone.
Someone will scoop him up, but the Raven’s offer was a decent deal.


Now the Cowboys can sign him back at low cap… ;^)

Dez will be on a team this fall. He can still produce as a possession / RAC receiver if he has a fast lead WR opposite him to pin the safeties back in 2-deep.

Having cut Butler loose and traded Switzer, the Cowboys are not worried about the unit’s speed. Teams will rotate coverages down on Beasley this year again, and Gallup and Hurns will have the same challenges Dez had against choked up DB’s. They might beat those better, we’ll see.

If Gathers turns into a Gronk-type of TE – nobody can cover him and Dak keeps feeding him – that will help the WR’s get attention off them.

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