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Falcons Not Interested In Signing Dez Bryant

Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, citing a league source, reports that the Falcons will not pursue or even explore the possibility of signing free-agent WR Dez Bryant.

Following his release from the Cowboys on Friday, Bryant said that he wants to play for an NFC East team during an interview with the NFL Network on Friday. However, the Eagles, Redskins, and Giants made it clear they are not interested in him. (NFLTR)

Though the Falcons are not in the NFC East, they are a playoff contender in the NFC South and are set to play Dallas next season.

Being in the division is a huge possibility it’s something that I want,” Bryant said, per Dan Hellie. “It’s personal. I’m tired of being the scapegoat and I’m going to keep proving that on and off the field.”

It’s certainly possible other teams will surface as realistic landing spots for Bryant, but it’s clear that he’s motivated to play against his former team.

According to Adam Schefter, the Cardinals, Ravens, Bills and Packers could reportedly show “varying levels of interest” in Bryant.

It’s worth mentioning that signing Bryant to a contract won’t impact a team’s 2019 compensatory picks, given that he was released this offseason.

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 has 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.

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