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NFL Notes: Dez Bryant, Cowboys, Redskins

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant’s agent, Kim Miale of Roc Nation Sports, issued the following statement (per Ian Rapoport) regarding his client’s release from the Cowboys.

“Dez and Jerry Jones met earlier today. He was informed that the Cowboys intend to move in another direction. It is a bittersweet time for Dez because he loved playing for the Dallas Cowboys, but he is looking forward to a fresh start with a new organization. We are currently exploring all options.

  • According to Mickey Spagnola, Bryant said while walking out of the team’s facility that he’ll see the Cowboys twice this year, implying he could sign with an NFC East team.
  • Bryant also retweeted a suggestion that he could look into signing with either the Eagles, Redskins, or Giants. (Mike Garafolo)
  • Mike Jones of USA Today reports that the Redskins do not have Bryant on their radar right now, despite speculation that Washington could be a landing spot for him.
  • Steve Wyche has already heard from some personnel guys, who expect Bryant’s market to be aggressive. Wyche adds that Bryant may not get huge money in his next contract, but there are teams that feel he can help.
  • Jim Trotter asked several teams if they’ll have interest in Bryant and got the same answer from each of them, which is that they believe he’ll be too expensive.
  • According to ESPN, the Bills, Packers, Ravens and Saints could all make sense for Bryant.
  • Jamison Hensley expects the Ravens to show interest in Bryant, given their track record with veteran receivers who have been cut.
  • We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.

Cowboys

  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys have had a number of receiver prospects in for top 30 pre-draft visits this offseason including Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, Maryland’s D.J. Moore, Oklahoma State’s WR James Washington, and Florida WR Antonio Callaway.
  • According to Rapoport, Cowboys HC Jason Garrett was also the only head coach at SMU WR Courtland Sutton’s Pro Day.

Redskins

JP Finlay of NBC Washington does not think signing Dez Bryant makes sense for the Redskins, given that he may no longer be the elite athlete he once was.

However, Finlay admits that Bryant could help Washington in the red zone and if he’s willing to take a cheap veteran deal for an opportunity to play against the Cowboys twice a year, it’s a possibility.

  • John Keim reports that Bryant-to-the-Redskins doesn’t seem likely right now.
  • Rich Tandler also writes that it seems unlikely Washington will make a run at signing Bryant.
  • A report from earlier in the day mentioned that Bryant is not on the Redskins’ radar right now. (NFLTR)
  • JP Finlay reports that Redskins second-year DL Jonathan Allen (Lisfranc) is expected to be ready to go for the start of offseason workouts next week.
  • According to Finlay, Allen has been a “mainstay” in the Redskins’ weight room this offseason and working out with the other defensive linemen.
  • The Redskins are bringing in Washington DT Vita Vea for a pre-draft visit on Wednesday. (Matt Barrows)
  • John Keim reports that the Redskins hosted Virginia Tech DL Tim Settle and OL Wyatt Teller for pre-draft visits.

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