By: Nick Galle
Superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant is still a free agent, as the NFL is just a month away from kicking off. Bryant, who has played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys, is looking to move on to a new team for the upcoming season after Dallas released him this past April. Here are the top three locations where the 29-year-old could end up:
3. New England Patriots
Historically, New England has avoided big-name free agents and it will likely be the same story this year. New England does not have the usual depth at wide receiver this year, and with the success of New England over the past decade, it is certainly an attractive option for Bryant. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY)
The New England Patriots have surprisingly emerged as a front runner to land the former Cowboys wide receiver. The Patriots rarely sign superstars, but Bryant would bring more talent to a receiving core that will be without Julian Edelman, their first option, for the first four games. New England recently released former Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews, and signed Eric Decker, making the potential Dez Bryant signing much less likely. With the acquisition of Decker, New England has already bolstered its receiving core, but Bryant is still not out of the question for the Pats.
2. New York Giants
Dez Bryant loves being in the spotlight, so what could be better than signing with your former team’s division rival? A city such as New York fits Bryant’s personality extremely well and it doesn’t hurt to have receivers such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard playing alongside you either. If Bryant goes to the Giants, New York suddenly has the best receivers in the division, has the offensive talent to take down the Cowboys, and may even make a push at winning the division. Bryant in a Giants’ uniform would not only shake up the division, but the NFL as well.
1. Cleveland Browns
On paper, the Browns have gotten significantly better, adding players such as Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, and Jarvis Landry. With star wide receiver Josh Gordon returning, and the chance to sign Dez Bryant, Cleveland has a shot at having a deadly receiving trio with Gordon, Bryant, and Landry. With the exception of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the AFC North is pretty weak this season, which could mean that acquiring Bryant could be the final piece that allows the Browns to sneak into a Wild Card spot. The chances that the Browns make the playoffs this year are very slim, as it is nearly impossible to go from the worst team in the NFL at 0-16, to a team that gets the Wild Card spot, but adding Dez would certainly be another step in the right direction for Cleveland.
Shut up I’ve been moved on https://t.co/UC8eNfScfv
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 29, 2018
No matter where Bryant goes, it will be interesting to watch how he performs outside of Dallas. After all, Dallas has been the only thing Dez has ever known. One thing is for sure though, no matter what some may think, Dez Bryant will not enter the 2018 regular season as a free agent. He offers too much talent to not be on an NFL roster. If Bryant can stay healthy, he still has the abilities to be one of the NFL’s top receivers, and whatever team lands him will be lucky to have him on their offense.
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