Texans HC Bill O’Brien was asked about Friday about the possibility of signing free agent WR Dez Bryant following the news that Will Fuller is out for the year with a torn ACL, but he was noncommittal about the idea.
“I would say my answer to that is we explore everything,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I think that’s kind of the job, one of the main jobs of, obviously, [general manager] Brian (Gaine) and then he brings things to me and then we talk and we communicate.
“I would say we explore everything, including our own team. How can we use this guy in maybe another position? Or do this, can we do that? We look at our own team first in addition to looking at what’s going outside. That would be my general answer to that.”
However, Aaron Wilson says that the Texans are not signing Bryant.
The Texans should get rookie Keke Coutee back from his hamstring injury in the coming weeks and other internal options include Sammie Coats and Vyncint Smith.
Bryant has said he planned to sign with a team soon, but there haven’t been any reports of teams being interested in him the past few months.
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.