It has been nearly three weeks since the Dallas Cowboys decided to part ways with former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant after eight seasons. Bryant remains an available commodity on the open market, with the Baltimore Ravens being the only rumored team to voice their interest.
Recently, a report came out stating that a number of teams are not interested in signing Bryant, even at the league minimum salary. In response to that, Cowboys veteran wideout Cole Beasley issued a strong statement ripping that notion during a recent interview with 105.3 The Fan, per Kristie Chiappelli of Sporting News.
“I’ve seen the things going around that teams won’t even sign him for minimum. I’m like that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” Beasley said. “I don’t know if it’s just rumors going around, what he is off the field or in the locker room. Dez was always a great teammate to me, and he did want to see other guys succeed.
“Every wide receiver wants the rock. And he’s so passionate it may come off the wrong way to some people. He definitely still has it. He’s got all the tools. Now he has a chip on his shoulder. He’s an animal already. It’s scary. If he gets to another team and he gets that shot, I promise you he’s gonna be ready. He’s a very supportive dude and a good friend off the field. I talk to him all the time.”
Regardless of the lack of interest in Bryant around the league, he still has plenty left in the tank to be a high-impact player wherever he lands. The only issue at this point could be the asking price that he is looking to land in terms of salary for his next contract.
This may have pushed away a number of teams, especially given that he hasn’t produced like an elite wideout over the last three years, failing to top 1,000 receiving yards in any of those campaigns. However, this next opportunity will be a chance to re-establish himself as a premier wide receiver in the league.
It has also become quite clear that he is using this slighting as additional motivation to prove that he can still perform at an elite level at this stage of his career. Ultimately, it may be just a matter of time before he finds a new home in the NFL well ahead of the 2018 campaign.