Predicting where the X-Man will land
Training camps are heating up at the end of the month, we’re one month away from preseason action, and soon enough the 2018 NFL football season will be here. One of the biggest free agents still remains unsigned. Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys had a horrible break up, but looking ahead there’s still plenty of teams that could benefit from a big physical wideout like Dez.
At 29 years old, the clock is ticking for the vet, and for Dez he wants to prove himself on a one year deal. The one-year pact will hopefully follow-up with a long-term contract after a successful season, but only a few teams fit his scheme. Those teams you ask? Well he needs to sign with a contender with a veteran quarterback, and a team that’s capable of competing for a championship. People have forgotten about Dez, but if one of these teams calls for the services of Dez, come back and pull out this piece.
Dez already turned down one AFC North team, but would he turn down another? The Bengals in my eyes would be an excellent fit for the X-man. You have A.J. Green on the outside, Brandon LaFell opposite him, who by the way is fully capable of playing from that spot, but throw Dez in the middle, and that gives Andy Dalton plenty of options to attack defenses. Green is forever going to be double-teamed, and Tyler Eifert is dependable for the Bengals to attack those seams, he’s nowhere near as explosive as Dez would be when it came to slashing defenses in the middle of the field.
New Orleans Saints
I personally don’t think this is that far of a reach. This could be a possibility, but time will tell. First off, Dez would have Drew Brees throwing him the ball. What else could he ask for? People always bring up the Romo to Dez days, but this would definitely be an upgrade over his past two years from catching balls from Dak Prescott. Also the Saints are already Super Bowl contender on paper, and adding a veteran like Dez, only bolsters their chances. You also have a great head coach in Sean Payton–but looking at the wide receiver corps in New Orleans, it is hard to see this happening. You’ve got a crowded position with the new additions of Cameron Meredith and Tre’Quan Smith. Ted Ginn Jr. is still there, and who could forget about Michael Thomas. But seriously, Meredith or Dez? Ginn or Dez?
The Washington Redskins
Personally, I’d hate to see Dez in those Washington football team colors, but if he really wants to join an NFC East team to take a crack at his former team twice a year, then Washington makes the most sense. As much criticism that Alex Smith has taken, lets face it, he’s been pretty clutch in crucial times, he’s also conservative, but boy is he accurate. I don’t know if I’m ready to say that the Redskins would be a Super Bowl contender, but Alex Smith is good enough to make things interesting in the NFC East. Just like New Orleans, Washington does seem set at wide receiver with Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, and Paul Richardson–but we haven’t seen any of those guys put up the type of production, or bully defenses, like the way we’ve seen Dez do in the past. Orlando Scandrick is already calling for his new team to sign his former teammate from Dallas. Washington didn’t show any interest when Dez was first cut, but with the season coming closer, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team like Washington have second thoughts on Dez.