Dez Bryant recently said on Twitter that he would prefer to re-sign with the Cowboys.
However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday that they don’t believe it’s in the best interest of the team to bring Bryant back.
“I know I’m the one to ask as a response to that, but as you know, we’re friends,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “To say the least, we’re friends. I have a lot of pride in where [Bryant] is relative to our relationship as it pertains to him as an individual. I mirror feelings of that nature. It just seems like [Bryant] is a Cowboy. But we’ve got to look at what we’re all having to deal with and that is what’s in the best interest of the team. So, that’s a different story there.
“I’m just trying to say we feel good about Dez and wish him the very best. Trust me, if it were in our best interests, his and ours and the team’s, then he’d be on the field for the Cowboys.”
Last week, Bryant said he expects to sign with a team “soon” and has been posting workout videos in recent days.
Bryant met with the Browns before the start of the regular season and one report said that Cleveland’s interest in him could pick after Week 1, seeing as the vested veteran guarantee would be expired.
The Browns reportedly offered Bryant a one-year contract worth $5 million, but he turned it down.
Before that, Bryant reportedly turned down a three-year, $21 million offer from the Ravens after he was released a few months ago.
Bryant, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2010. He was in the third year of his five-year, $70 million contract that included $45 million guaranteed and was set to make base salaries of $12.5 million over the final two years of the agreement when Dallas released him in a move that freed up $8.5 million of available cap space.
In 2017, Bryant has appeared in 15 games for the Cowboys and has caught 66 passes for 814 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 45 receiver out of 116 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.