Hard Knocks covered the Browns training camp in 2018, which introduced Cleveland fans to the idea of Dez Bryant in orange and brown. That however never came to fruition. Dez Bryant did not take the rumored contract he was offered to play for Cleveland in 2018.
Instead, a few months after his visit to Cleveland Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints to finish 2018. Bryant’s contract was based on a $1.25 million dollar base salary, pro-rated to $600,000 for the remaining games. Shortly after beginning practice for the Saints, Dez Bryant tore his ACL and missed the remainder of the season.
The days of being a number one receiver have passed for Dez. With that being said, in the right system, with a good quarterback, Dez Bryant can still be a valuable possession receiver. A presence like Bryant would force teams to play more man coverage.
Any team that would even want to consider Bryant would have to work out the wideout to check that status of his injury and recovery period.
Dez Bryant is now back in the media saying he will be willing to take a deal in free agency from any team that would be willing to take a chance on him. Bryant is now 30-years-old and coming off of an ACL tear. A potential suitor could offer Dez Bryant somewhere in the range of $500-800k along with some incentives and would have an excellent chance to land the veteran wideout.
Imagine Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Dez Bryant all on the same roster with Baker Mayfield under center. The talent at the wide receiver position would be unlike anything Cleveland Browns and maybe even NFL fans have ever seen. Never in recent memory has there been so many well-known personalities at one position in one locker room.
John Dorsey is a guy who is willing to give guys a chance if he thinks they can help the team. At such a discounted price Dez Bryant is least worth a workout in Cleveland. It’s important to remember that the Browns nor any other team will consider signing Dez Bryant until he shows that he is fully recovered from his ACL injury.