Packers not expected to sign WR Dez Bryant
The Green Bay Packers recently parted ways with superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson. This move was unexpected with Randall Cobb thought to be the odd man out in Green Bay, but regardless of the move the team still has one of the better receiving corps in the NFL and could take that a step further with the addition of former Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant.
Former Cowboys tight end turned ESPN analyst, Jason Witten, believes that his former teammate could end up catching passes from Rodgers during the 2018 campaign. However, not long after Witten’s opinion surfaced, the potential pairing was downplayed with the Packers reportedly not expected to sign Bryant, via Pro Football Talk.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Packers are not expected to sign Bryant.
The Packers did have some interest in Bryant when he was first released by the Cowboys, according to the report. But after the Packers drafted wide receiver J’Mon Moore in the fourth round, wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the fifth round and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown in the sixth round, that interest waned.
Shortly after being released by the Cowboys last month, the Baltimore Ravens showed serious interest in Bryant as they wanted him to join Michael Crabtree as another option in the passing game for veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.
Despite receiving a two-year offer from Baltimore, the three-time Pro Bowler passed on the opportunity as he’s hoping to ink a lucrative one-year deal to prove himself in 2018 to sign a long-term deal next offseason.
The Packers likely aren’t willing to pay a premium for a veteran wideout who some believe is on the decline. Green Bay already has a solid receiving corps even with the recent departure of Nelson who signed with the Oakland Raiders after his release.
The talented trio of Cobb, Davante Adams, and newcomer Jimmy Graham is a solid group of targets for Rodgers as Green Bay tries to bounce back from missing the playoffs last year. Bryant will likely have to keep looking for a new team as opportunities continue to dwindle throughout the offseason.