By now, everybody knows Dez Bryant wants to stay in the NFC East and stick it to the Cowboys twice a season. Bryant was cut in Dallas last week, and he's already doing everything he can to land on his preferred squad; the New York Giants.
When asked earlier this week by Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about where he wants to play, Bryant said: "The Giants,".
"got a helluva defense, they're going to pay OBJ [Odell Beckham Jr.], so coming back. Playing with him, Sterling [Shepard] ... the tight end [Evan Engram], [QB Eli] Manning? Crazy. ... They draft [Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick]? That'd be crazy!" he added.
And now, less than hours after the Giants announced they had released six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, Bryant posted a video of him working out with none other than New York's superstar wideout Odell Beckham Jr.
The timing couldn't be any better for those who support the Dez to New York motion, but realistically it's still an unlikely move. The Giants still have Beckham Jr and Sterling Shepard, neither of whom would be giving up targets for Bryant.
The former Cowboy seemingly wants to prove the hierarchy in Dallas wrong for letting him go; something that would be exceedingly difficult to do as potentially the fourth option in the receiving game in New York, adding TE Evan Engram into the mix ahead of him too.
However, GM Dave Gettleman didn't rule out making a move for the three-time Pro Bowler.
“I’m interested in everybody," Gettleman said. "We’ll see.”
Whilst that's hardly a commitment to pursuing Bryant, it will feed the rumour mill for a while longer at least. Additionally, the timing of the video does suggest some kind of joint effort between Bryant and Beckham to get the former onto the Giants roster does exist.
Marshall's release freed up $5.1 million in cap space for 2018, which brings their total to around $10 million. In theory, that should be enough money to throw at Bryant, who has stated that he's not financially motivated in seeking his next team.
It's all about having the chance to stay in division and face up against Jason Garrett and the Cowboys twice a season for the 29-year-old. Still, the move doesn't make a whole lot of sense in New York.
With ample receiving talent, and the chance to snag Saquon Barkley at the top of the draft, they really don't need Dez. Especially considering the worrying downward trend in his production over the past few seasons; they wouldn't be getting prime Dez Bryant, they'd just be adding another version of what they've just released in an ageing Marshall.
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