There has been much chatter going on around the league, but not a single team including the New York Giants have seriously pursued 3x pro bowler, Dez Bryant. At 29, there is still plenty of gas left in the tank for the former Cowboys receiver.
If the Giants were to grab Dez out of free agency, we would be feasting our eyes on one of the best offensive strike forces the NFL has to offer.Â The most pressing question in regard to Bryant is his durability, as he’s only played four full seasons in his eight-year career.
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Bryant finished the 2017 season with 69 receptions for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns. A less than par performance from the once dominant receiver, and we all know how he fared against Giants’ Janoris Jenkins. One of Bryant’s most undervalued skills is his blocking ability, which would undoubtedly benefit Saquon Barkley, and his pass-catching prowess would take some of the pressure off of Odell Beckham Jr.
Let’s get real:
Dez hasn’t seen a contract offer since the Baltimore Ravens, which means that like Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, Dez is asking for too much money. Additionally, Dez is looking for a one-year “prove it” deal, which attests to his confidence in a bounce-back season. With his decline in production and performance in the last three-years he is not necessarily in any position to be making demands. Does he have the talent? Without question! Does he have the competitiveness and the will power to get back to the player he once was four-years ago?Â Not a doubt in my mind!
As of right now, none of that has happened yet, which is why I believe that if the Giants wanted to, they can entice Bryant with an offer he would go for. One that the Giants can afford and give Dez the only thing he wants besides a Super Bowl ring, and that’s to remind the Dallas Cowboys that they made a big mistake in letting him go.
One of the best offensive strike forces the Giants have seen on paper?
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Eli Manning is certainly hungry for one more ring; Odell Beckham Jr. looking to prove the talking heads of the media wrong, the young, loyal, and reliable Sterling Shepard, stand out tight end Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley at running back – not to mention the best prospect in the draft, a brand new offensive line. Should I go on? You guys get the point,Â Dez would only be adding onto the hype of this already stacked Giants offense.
Why should the Giants pass on him?
The Giants don’t have much cap-space remaining to sign Bryant, as the recent signing of Russell Shepard brings their moneys down to about $7 million. In addition, Barkley has yet to sign his rookie deal.
Besides the cap-space being too low to offer Bryant a fair contract, bringing him on may cause too much commotion in the locker room. Bryant likes to be the center of attention, and with Beckham, Shepard, Engram and Barkley taking up a lot of the offensive plays, he may not get the action he requires to feel accomplished. This factor alone is significant enough for the new regime to walk away from a potential deal.
The Giants also signed former Danver Broncos receiver Cody Lattimer who’s younger and faster than Bryant. Lattimer is a premier blocking receiver and has the potential to develop into a solid pass-catcher.