Released by the Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant apparently hopes to find a new home in the NFC East. It does not appear, though, that the New York Giants are feeling accommodating toward the wide receiver. The same can be said for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
It’s early but Dez Bryant’s goal to play in NFC East is not being embraced at this moment by Redskins, Giants and Eagles #oops— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 13, 2018
The SB Nation flagship lists the Giants as one of six potential landing spots for the now-former Cowboys star.
I’m not buying.
Bryant, who turns 30 in November, is still a good player. He isn’t, however, nearly as good as he once was. Bryant hasn’t had a 1,000-yard receiving season since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014.
Bryant was in the midst of a five-year, $70 million contract with the Cowboys. He is still going to want to be paid like a top-tier wide receiver. The Giants don’t have the money. Per Over The Cap, they have only $4.809 million to spend under the cap. If they spend money on a wide receiver, it will be on Odell Beckham Jr. Signing Bryant would make paying Beckham even more difficult.
The Giants still have Brandon Marshall. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Bryant is still useful as a possession receiver and red zone target. The 6-4, 230-pound Marshall can play that role, if he’s healthy and still on the roster. It doesn’t make any sense to have both of them.
Bryant is also a big personality, another reason why the Giants would seem likely to steer clear. New GM Dave Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur are trying to build a program and have made it clear that culture is a critical part of that. Adding a player like Bryant would seem to make that more difficult.
Your thoughts, Giants fans?