Report: Dez Bryant ‘no longer on the front burner’ for Browns
Dez Bryant concluded his visit to Cleveland on Friday without a deal with the Browns. And it doesn’t look like one is coming anytime soon, if at all.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, Bryant is “no longer on the front burner” for the Browns. Although, it’s not due to Josh Gordon’s return to the team following his absence for personal reasons.
Head coach Hue Jackson said on a conference call Saturday that Gordon’s return doesn’t necessarily rule out Bryant signing with the Browns.
“No, I think one has nothing to do with the other in my opinion,” Jackson said. “Again, things will unfold as they will. The most important thing we know is that Josh is here, and again, we’ve had a good conversation with Dez and until he’s a Cleveland Brown, I can only worry about the guys that are on this football team.”
Despite spending two days in Cleveland, Bryant and the Browns reportedly didn’t come close to an agreement. The veteran wideout is still seeking a one-year “prove-it” deal, preferably for a contender.
The Browns don’t have much need for another wideout with Gordon back in the fold. With him, Jarvis Landry, and rookie Antonio Callaway, the Browns have one of the more talented receiving trios in the entire league.
Bryant would still be a welcome addition to that group, which is why he will remain on the Browns’ radar. But it doesn’t seem like the Browns are willing to agree to his current demands, and with no pressing need for another wideout at the moment, they appear ready to shift their focus elsewhere.