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Rumor: Ravens interested in Dez Bryant

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The Baltimore Ravens have been busy completely overhauling their wide receiving corps this offseason. After exploring several options, they’ve added veterans John Brown as well as Michael Crabtree, whom they picked up shortly after his release from the Oakland Raiders. And now, it seems the Ravens have their sights set on another recently-released receiver: Dez Bryant.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec reports that the Ravens do indeed have an interest in the former All-Pro wideout, who was cut by the Dallas Cowboys last Friday.

Now, Bryant is suddenly available after the Dallas Cowboys unceremoniously released the 29-year-old late last week. Predictably, the Ravens have interest in him, sources confirmed. Ravens fans, who still lament the fact that the team was unable to land Bryant in the 2010 draft, seem infatuated with the idea.

Bryant has not been the same elite receiver he once was for some time now. After three consecutive years of over 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, he has failed to top 1,000 yards in each of the last three years. He caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns receptions in 16 games last year.

However, Bryant could still provide some team with another much-needed dimension as a capable red-zone target. The Ravens could certainly use such an option in the red zone, especially after tight end Benjamin Watson left in the offseason.

Bryant has hinted that he would prefer to stay in the NFC East in order to face the Cowboys twice a year. But with none of the other three teams reportedly interested in him at the moment, Bryant could be forced to strongly consider Baltimore’s offer.