The NFL season is underway, and Dez Bryant still doesn’t have a job. He’s spending his Sundays on Twitter, speculating about possible future destinations, but on Monday, the word came down: despite Dez’s appeals, there isn’t room for him on the Washington Redskins roster.
Washington: No room for Dez
The Redskins offered up an efficient, competent game plan against Arizona on Sunday, with new quarterback Alex Smith effectively managing the ship in victory. Washington does have some concern about injuries at the wide receiver position, but according to J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, there’s no talk of bringing in Bryant to shore up the corps:
Regardless of injury severity at WR with Quinn, Harris and Sims, #Redskins have no intention to pursue Dez Bryant, per source.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 10, 2018
Where could Dez end up?
Bryant’s options are narrowing, whether because he himself has declined the opportunity or because teams have no use for him. Bryant made a pitch for the Patriots on Sunday:
Naw I’m ok.. I rather go somewhere I can show case my skills for real.. if I line up next to Gronk hogan Edelman I’m for sure getting a 1 on 1 match up plus I won’t be getting criticized controlled for expressing my love for the game..Washington is cool as well https://t.co/lywVw8QzIa
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 9, 2018
Bryant, cut by the Cowboys in the offseason, has indicated that he’d love the opportunity to play against Dallas twice a season. With Washington off the table, that leaves New York and Philadelphia. The Eagles are Super Bowl champions, and while they too have some injury concerns at wide receiver, it’s a long shot for them to tinker with a formula that brought them a Lombardi trophy. The Giants, meanwhile, just committed a gargantuan contract to another receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., and it’s similarly unlikely they’ll take a flyer on Bryant.
Someone’s going to sign Bryant this year, but it might require Bryant lowering his standards, and his anti-Dallas bias, just a bit.