NFL rumors: Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal, eyeing ‘big’ one-year offer
It has been just over a week since the Dallas Cowboys parted ways with star wide receiver Dez Bryant after eight seasons. In the time that has followed, there hasn’t been significant movement toward him finding his next home in the NFL.
Bryant is quite easily the biggest name out on the open market eyeing a chance to re-establish himself as one of the premier players at his position. According to sports reporter Ed Werder, the 29-year-old has turned down a multi-year deal to join the Baltimore Ravens with his focus toward securing a substantial one-year offer to once again enter the 2019 NFL free agency period.
Source: Former #Cowboys WR Dez Bryant turned down a multi-year offer from the #Ravens. He apparently wants a big 1-year deal and chance to secure bigger long-term contract as a UFA from beginning in 2019.
— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) April 25, 2018
The Ravens had previously been one of the teams rumored to have interest in acquiring Bryant given their need at the wide receiver position. The roster has undergone some significant changes at the position that has seen several major impact players moving on with the only key addition being Michael Crabtree on a three-year, $21 million deal in free agency.
Bryant could have stepped in to help form a dynamic duo alongside Crabtree that quarterback Joe Flacco could have greatly depended on next season. Instead, the former Pro Bowler will remain on the open market looking to garner a major one-year deal. There have already been reports that Bryant will wait until after the upcoming draft this week to make his decision on where he will sign as teams will have a better sense of what they need at the wide receiver position.
This is an opportunity ahead of Bryant to get his career back on track that could help him get another lucrative offer. Although his production has dipped over the last few seasons, he still has plenty left in the tank to be a highly productive player that could be a game changer in the passing game given the right situation. If anything, it is now clear what it will take to sign Bryant to a deal this offseason.