Report: Most teams wouldn’t even sign Dez Bryant at the league minimum

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Dez Bryant‘s reputation in the NFL appears to be preceding him.

Bryant has indicated that he cares more about playing for the right team than making the right money, even suggesting that he cares more about staying in the NFC East so he can play the Cowboys twice than anything else. But there may not be many teams willing to sign Bryant for any amount of money.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that there are “far more” teams unwilling to pay Bryant the league minimum salary than there are teams that would consider signing Bryant for any contract.

That makes it all the more surprising that Bryant turned down an offer from the Ravens, which was reportedly in the neighborhood of the three-year, $21 million contract Baltimore previously gave to receiver Michael Crabtree. If most teams aren’t even willing to pay Bryant $1 million, why turn down an offer of $7 million?

If Bryant is truly willing to play for anything to stay in the NFC East, and Washington, Philadelphia and the New York Giants are all unwilling to offer him even the league minimum, that says a lot about what teams think the 29-year-old Bryant has left at this point in his career.

107 responses to “Report: Most teams wouldn’t even sign Dez Bryant at the league minimum

  1. Watch his blow ups on the sideline. Immaturity at its worst, like a 5 year old that can’t have ice cream. When you’re T.O. And your performance outweighs your antics, fine. But when you constantly whine and complain, cry, and then drop and fumble the ball, what coach would want that roaming the sidelines hunting down the quarterback after every missed 3rd down conversion?

  2. Ravens – 3 years for $21 mil and he says no.

    Bryant’s ego is still dictating his decisions. He has never been as good as HE thought he was.

    He may be known for a lot of things, but intellect is not one of them!

  3. His skills are worth more than $1M, but it goes to show you that attitude means a lot in any workforce. He would be a fantastic #2 wideout for most teams, but his BS gets old fast.

    I actually think he cares about winning, I really do. I just think he does not have the emotional maturity to channel in the right way.

  4. He turned down 3 years for $21M? ahahaha. Now he might not even get 3 years for 7M since he can’t even get a league minimum. He somewhere trying to call Baltimore back but getting no dial tone

  5. In the end, this guy, a full grown man needed a babysitter. Is anyone surprised by this?

  6. Let’s see. Bad reputation for selfish blowups on sidelines. He doesn’t get separation from corners when he’s on the field. I can’t imagine why a team wouldn’t throw millions at him..

  7. Drop your ego . come to Buffalo for a year like T.O did to resurrect his career. I think he scored +10 TD’s that year (the only year he played in Buffalo). You might even like playing for a blue collar town instead of the Texas city lights.

  8. Someone will get hurt in camp and some team will need a WR. He’ll get a job I think but it won’t be because he’s a marquee commodity in the NFL. Not anymore.

  9. That makes it all the more surprising that Bryant turned down an offer from the Ravens, which was reportedly in the neighborhood of the three-year, $21 million contract Baltimore previously gave to receiver Michael Crabtree. If most teams aren’t even willing to pay Bryant $1 million, why turn down an offer of $7 million?

    LOL. Because he’s Dez that’s why.

  10. He needs to fire his agent. Either his agent didn’t inform him properly, or he’s not listening to the agent anyway so why keep him

  11. truninerfan49 says:
    May 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Why again did Dez turn down a multiyear deal with the Ravens?

    The same reason Kaepernick opted out of his contract …. good old fashioned stupid.

  12. truniner49, he wants to sign a big one year deal, reestablish his cred, and then for a big multiyear deal in 2019, doing all of this in the NFC East so he could stick it to the Cowboys. He turned down a multiyear deal in Bmore, and given who our quarterback is, who could blame him? Still, 7 million in hand is better than what he’s chasing now.

  13. Worse then having a diva on your team is having a declining diva.It also goes to show you how vastly overrated the Cowboys were as a team. They are marginally talented and I think the Redskins might have surpassed them in the division.

  14. 3 years/$21 million? Come on, he’s got a family to feed! – Latrell Spreewell

  15. When the COWBOYS let you go because you are too disruptive, among other things, you know it’s time to hang ’em up. He should have grabbed the Raven’s offer when he had it.

  16. One of my best friend’s sons spent three years with the Cowboys at the bottom of the wide receiver depth chart. Despite his status as bottom of roster guy, Dez took him under his wing and mentored him, even calling him almost every day during the off-season to make sure he was staying out of trouble.

    He may be hot headed and tough to coach, but he was very popular in the locker room with the other players.

    Just wanted to balance out a little of the hatred on here.

  17. The famous “catch” play was his defining moment. HE blew it. If he had simply went up and secured the ball and came down with it in control, the Cowboys would have had a first and goal, time to kill the clock, score a late td, and take the win. But he didn’t have the sense to understand the situation. Too eager, and he did NOT make the catch, no matter what any Cowboy fan thinks. He let the ball touch the field when he rolled over it, and then lost control. NOT A CATCH. It has NEVER been a catch in any form or level of football, and it never should be. As it was, the Cowboys couldn’t stop the Packers anyway. Rodgers kept the ball for the remainder of the game and finished well within FG range at the end.

  18. This is what happens to diva receivers that have relied on their physical ability only and not worked on their craft ever. See Roy Williams.

    I always laughed at the Dallas fans that thought he was better than Calvin Johnson. This guy couldn’t carry his jock. The fact that he’s probably done just goes to show how teams don’t want a malcontent on their team….unless they are ACTUALLY good

  19. truninerfan49 says:
    May 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    Why again did Dez turn down a multiyear deal with the Ravens?

    he wanted to sign a 1 year “prove it” type deal in an attempt to re-up his value. B-more couldn’t make the cap space work to get a one year deal done.

  20. “The NFL discriminates against those whose talent is not worth the cost, trouble, or locker-room distraction. I’m shocked!”

    — Colin Kaepernick

  21. Or could it be that he turned down the Raven’s gig because they wanted to offer him only a 3 year deal and he want just one year.

    It’s not like NFL teams make it easy to opt out of a contract. If the player quits, he will owe the team and have his rights forever owned by the team, or you pull a James Harrison and then be considered a malcontent.

    He wants a one year deal so he can show teams he still has it and them potential cash in the following year.

  22. No matter what any Cowboys’ haters think, league spokesmen already said it was a catch.

  23. jackn2482 says:
    May 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    Someone will get hurt in camp and some team will need a WR. He’ll get a job I think but it won’t be because he’s a marquee commodity in the NFL. Not anymore.

    SPOT ON! The problem for Dez is that he needs a team now. I can’t imagine him getting his career back on track if he needs to learn a playbook during camp. That boy needs all the time he can get to learn a playbook. Look, if he turned down 3 years for $21M then I’m guessing the brain neurons don’t fire as quickly as his mouth does.

  24. I think he turned it down because he wanted a 1 year prove it type deal. To cash in next year when he is a free agent at the beginning. I’m a niners fan and I wouldn’t mind him on a one year deal we got all that cap space why not. Also with the 3 year deal worth 21 how much was actually guaranteed it may sound good but that’s what it comes down too.

  25. Congratulations Dez Bryant you opted out of a 3 year 21 million dollar deal even though you are seen as a locker room cancer. Did Jerry Jones start taking his medications or was Dez so obnoxious even Jones got tired of it?

  26. I used to dislike Dez bc of his act but lately I think he actually might need professional help. It’s hard to blame someone suffering from an illness.

  27. pftard says:
    May 2, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    In all fairness to Dez.., he is absolutely worth League minimum.

    ————————————————————–

    And if he signed with The Bills he would absolutely be our #1 receiver…which says a lot about our team management…

  28. I hope Dez is successful on whichever team that gives him a shot.
    I’m a Cowboys fan, and also live very close to where he went to high school.
    East Texas wishes him the best, please be smart, don’t get in any trouble.

  29. buttfumbles says:

    May 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Collusion case incoming?

    ————
    firerogergoodellnow says:

    May 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Will he be next to file a collusion grievance?

    ———-
    Mike Tomlin says:

    May 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Collusion grievance coming against the NFL in 3.2.1…

    ///////////

    C’mon fellas. Did you even read the article? Hint: Ravens offer.

  30. sportstalkfan says:
    May 2, 2018 at 3:14 pm
    buttfumbles says:

    May 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Collusion case incoming?

    ————
    firerogergoodellnow says:

    May 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Will he be next to file a collusion grievance?

    ———-
    Mike Tomlin says:

    May 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Collusion grievance coming against the NFL in 3.2.1…

    ///////////

    C’mon fellas. Did you even read the article? Hint: Ravens offer.

    ————–

    Pretty sure they were all being sarcastic…

  31. Take a knee and sue the league Dez. That’s your only option at this point

  32. Wonder if he goes back to Dallas on the cheap…maybe this was Jerry’s way of straightening him out

  33. vicnocal says:
    May 2, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    He turned down 3 years 21million?
    Who is his agent, Master P?

    ……

    Jay Z is actually his agent LOL !!

  34. Pretty sad to see a former great receiver on the scrapheap with zero obvious prospects. Dez is a very proud man – this must be the worst way to end a terrific career.

  35. Does anyone remember Latrell Sprewell turning down $14M/year for 2 years at the end of his career saying “I need to feed my family”? This is alot like that. What a fool!

  36. How many of these guys badmouthing Dez would say that same stuff to his face, man to man? Or put on the gloves with that dude?

    He might have lost a step in the NFL, but is still ten times the athlete any of us on this comment board.

    In a fight he’s a guy you’d want on your side, and not the other way around.

    Hope he finds success on any team, somebody will hire Dez.

  37. Time to admit it, Dez was a product of Romo. Dez would still be in Dallas if Romo was still there.

  38. Dez is still my boy but he’s made some unwise decisions. He should have not said he won’t take a pay cut from the beginning. Maybe this would have went another direction but he played chicken & cowboys brass didn’t blink, called his bluff & raised it now he lost it all.

  39. Dez Bryant would fit in perfectly in the XFL. The league allowed nicknames. I’ve got the perfect nickname for Dez: helikeme

  40. David Wolman says:
    Dez Bryant would fit in perfectly in the XFL. The league allowed nicknames. I’ve got the perfect nickname for Dez: helikeme
    ===

    “MeLikeMe” would be more accurate.

  41. My guess is that Bryant turned down the Ravens contract offer because there wasn’t enough guaranteed money in it……or maybe not any at all. We all know that these multiyear contracts in the NFL aren’t worth the paper they’re written on if the money isn’t guaranteed.

  42. @49erfan44

    And with Prescott at QB you are gonna have a TON of missed third down opportunities

  43. @patsfan4lifesbchamps

    Correct ! Romo also made witten, myles austin, laurent robinson, patrick crayton etc etc etc

  44. Let this be a lesson to young players who are divas and complete headcases. GMs and coaches all talk to each other and know how players are during games, in the locker room, practices, and even off the field. They know who goes out every night, gets arrested, gets in fights, has baby mamas, etc. Cancers get a rep. Sure, you have the upper hand when you’re still young and valuable. However, get a little older, you’re just a wasteful commodity to teams.

  45. Yes, Romo did a good job at placing the ball to a spot for him after he jockeyed for position, but he became dependent on that and neglected his route running skills and became mostly one dimensional and easy to cover…add in the drops and it equals expendable.

  46. 1. If he was white not one of u would make ur veiled racist colussion jokes.2 im a cowboy fan but i was tired of his immaturity. But can we please not dance on his grave?

  47. If Witten commits to retirement, I bet the Cowboys let Bryant stew for a minute and bring him back later. Especially when they realize that their receiving corps is lousy and the box is stacked against Elliott.

  48. The nfl isn’t waiting for a 30 year old receiver who has more problems than a 10 year old Chevy with open arms.

  49. Ozzie tossed him a bone for a reason but Dez wasn’t smart enough to take it. The one GM who was willing to help you and you turned your nose up to it. The blackball is coming and there is nothing you can do about it.

  50. Collusion, collusion, collusion… Yeah, I’m sure Kap was worse than at least 64 QBs on NFL rosters last year. Just look at the Browns last year. 3 QBs on the roster, one rookie and two 2nd year guys, and not one with a win on their resume, but each one was better than Kap, right?

  51. I had a coworker who was top 5 in the group but was so toxic they made people quit or transfer every year. No matter how good you are theres a point people flat out dont want to be around you. Period.

  52. The knock on Dez is not so much his skills. He can still play although not as the featured WR but he would be a good second receiver. His reputation as being uncoachable is killing him. Michael Irvin came out and said Dez was clashing with those in Dallas who would help him. Then this playing in the NFC East garbage coming from Bryant is so juvenile. His motive being so he can exact a personal vendetta against the Cowboys twice per season. If I am the Eagles, Giants or Redskins then I want no part of Dez and his antics at any price period. After turning down the Ravens offer front office personnel are going to be wary of dealing with Dez. He is not thinking rationally. Football is a game of emotion when played on the field. The rest of the time its a business. Dez doesn’t seem to get that. He should be looking to make the best business decision for him. Scheme, QB, fellow WR’s, coaching staff, stadium, team location, etc should factor in his signing decision. His criteria? Revenge. The NFL is a close-knit community so they all know this so its no wonder that Dez is not getting offers.

  53. If you’re watching ALL OR NOTHING on Amazon, you know why he got cut. I’m sure that show isn’t helping him get any offers either.

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