Bills GM says Dez Bryant isn’t the same player he once was, no visit scheduled
In the last couple of weeks since being cut by the Dallas Cowboys, former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant has remained afloat in the free-agent market. There has been much lack of movement around the league from teams expressing their interest in bringing him aboard.
Much of this could be due to the asking price that Bryant is looking to land a significant deal despite his production no longer being up to those lofty standards. According to Mike Rodak of ESPN, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane stated during an interview with WGR 550 that Bryant may no longer be the player he once was.
Brandon Beane says on @WGR550 that Dez Bryant “can still help a team” but adds he probably isn’t the same player he once was. No visit yet.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) April 30, 2018
There is much credence to this growing belief given that he has had a significant drop off in production over the last three seasons failing to reach 1,000 receiving yards and 70 receptions in each campaign. The 29-year-old also showed that he struggled to gather the same high level of burst and separation from defenders that he had earlier in his career that saw him put up numbers like an elite wideout with at least 88 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns from 2012 to 2014.
This isn’t taking away from Bryant’s ability to heavily impact the passing game, but his level of production likely won’t be where it once was. However, the next opportunity he receives in his career will be a chance for him to re-spark his career to prove that he still has plenty left in the tank to get back to performing like a top-tier talent at his position.
With the 2018 NFL Draft now passed, the market could pick up for Bryant with teams getting a much better idea of where they currently stand at the wide receiver position. There is no certainty that he will get the type of offers he is looking to land, but the market should shape out for him.