Since the end of the 2014 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys haven’t been able to get the same production out of Dez Bryant as they once had. They’ve now decided this is the best time for him to be released and to save on the salary cap.
Hitting the market in April will make it interesting to see which team with some remaining cap space and the need for a wide receiver will make a move for the former Cowboy. Let’s see some of the potential landing spots…
San Francisco 49ers
This would make a lot of sense for both parties. The 49ers need more targets for Jimmy Garoppolo and they only have one ‘experienced’ receiver that is just about reaching the 6 foot mark (Pierre Garcon). Dez Bryant is a physical X receiver but can be moved to the slot to be a mismatch, like Shanahan did with Julio Jones in Atlanta. The 49ers seem to be a team on the rise which would suit Bryant’s desire to win now.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay no longer has Jordy Nelson and could stand to add a replacement. Both Nelson and Bryant have seen a decline in production but it would be enticing for the thought of a top tier quarterback like Rodgers throwing to him. Bryant is one the best receivers in the league at hauling in 50/50 balls and a quarterback like Rodgers could help throw him open. Rodgers would also be able to deliver back shoulder fades, something made Bryant such a dangerous red zone threat when the Cowboys had Tony Romo under center.
Bryant left the organization saying he’ll see them twice a year. Is an NFC East rival a possible landing spot for Bryant? Washington has the cap space to add a talent like Bryant, but are hopeful Josh Doctson can be the number 1 wide receiver and their starting X. Myself, I don’t see this happening with a starting three of Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson already in place. Additionally, they may not want to get in the way of Doctson’s development, as Bryant plays the same position.
The Ravens have been a team who many have talked about selecting a wide receiver early in the draft. They signed Michael Crabtree and this year’s receiver class is better for those needing a slot or Z receiver. Dez Bryant could come in lined up as their X, Crabtree as the Z and John Brown in the slot. They can still draft and develop a future replacement at any of those positions with a mid-round pick.
The Seahawks are lacking early draft picks and could do with another outside presence in their receiving corps. Bryant can step in as their starting X with Doug Baldwin lining up in the slot and as a Z. With the loss of tight end Jimmy Graham, Bryant can give them an option as a new red zone threat.