Stephen Jones isn’t sure why Dez Bryant hasn’t signed

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The Cowboys didn’t want receiver Dez Bryant. The Cowboys aren’t sure why no one else does.

I don’t know the details as to why he hasn’t picked a home,” Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said Tuesday, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I am sure he is being very thoughtful about it. I am sure he has good people talking to him too. I am sure at the end of the day he is being thoughtful about what his next steps should be. I am sure he is working hard. No one is rooting for Dez more than we are.”

Jones said, according to Hill, that multiple teams have inquired about Bryant — and that whoever signs him will get a player who has extra motivation.

“You know at [NFL] meetings I have had different conversations about him,” Jones said. “At the Competition Committee meeting, some of the coaches there speak to it. I’m sure other coaches have called our coaches and wanted input on him. The greatest thing about Dez is he is a fierce competitor. I think he is now more driven and more competitive than he has ever been. We wish him nothing but the best.”

If he’s going to be that driven and that much more competitive, why don’t the Cowboys bring him back? Why did they cut him in the first place, when they could have tried to negotiate a new contract with a lower salary?

The Cowboys seem to be engaged in an awkward good-cop, bad-cop routine regarding Dez, with guys like Will McClay and Sanjay Lal making candid negative remarks about his current skills and guys like Stephen Jones and Jerry Jones throwing Dez repeated verbal bouquets. It’s almost as if the Joneses are trying to keep Dez from being more upset with the Cowboys than he already is — even though Jerry has made it clear that there’s no way Dez will be coming back.

So, to summarize: The Cowboys think Dez would be a great addition to any NFL team. Except theirs, of course.

31 responses to “Stephen Jones isn’t sure why Dez Bryant hasn’t signed

  1. They sabotaged his shot by releasing him so late. Any chance he had to sign a decent deal went out after the first wave of free agency came and went.

  2. Why did they cut him in the first place, when they could have tried to negotiate a new contract with a lower salary?
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    Dez Bryant on taking pay cut in 2018: ‘Hell, no, man’

    – December 27, 2017

  3. Didn’t Dez turn down an offer from the Ravens? Maybe Dez needs to wake up to the fact he’s over the hill and is only a possession receiver at this point.

  4. Dez has nobody to blame but Dez.
    I love it when these outspoken, ME ME ME players wear out their welcome, blow all of their money, and have to beg for a job.

  5. He’s waiting for a starting WR on a good team to go out for the year with an injury. That will put him in the best situation and likely lead to the most money for him. Not a bad strategy, assuming he’s in good condition and can learn a new system quickly.

  6. Well, hopefully some of the Star players around the league are taking note so they can boycott their own teams until Dez is signed.

  7. “If he’s going to be that driven and that much more competitive, why don’t the Cowboys bring him back? Why did they cut him in the first place, when they could have tried to negotiate a new contract with a lower salary?”

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    Florio, if you haven’t watched any of All or Nothing, I encourage you to do so. Dez is a man-child. Completely harmless, but loud, demonstrative, and you know what? Kind of annoying. All of that is fine when you put up 10 TDs a season and 1100 yards. But that act doesn’t fly when you have zero chemistry with the new QB. Cowboys had to get rid of him. I’m sure guys like Kavon Frazier, who’s married with kids, or Sean Lee who’s entering his ninth season – don’t love having to tolerate a guy who makes more money than them and does nothing but make noise. I’m more upset that they didn’t package Dez with a third to the Seahawks given that Seattle just signed Brandon Marshall today.

  8. SparkyGump says:
    May 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    Didn’t Dez turn down an offer from the Ravens? Maybe Dez needs to wake up to the fact he’s over the hill and is only a possession receiver at this point

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    A possession receiver has to catch the ball, he can’t do that anymore.

  9. Dez turned down the Ravens’ multi-year offer because he wants a one-year deal so that he can prove himself and sign a greater deal next year. This means that if he does get his one-year deal he’ll be whining all year long to have the ball thrown his way.

  10. Just like the Cowboys other teams are weighing whether an unreliable
    player is worth the aggravation. A team has to weigh the talent
    level, work ethic against the crap it puts up with.
    Dez’s Talent level has gone down, that is usually a
    sign that the work ethic has gone down …and we all have seen
    the crap on TV …one can only imagine there was more.
    Especially if Jerry gave up on him.

  11. I love it when these outspoken, ME ME ME players wear out

    When you’ve seen it long enough, it just becomes sad. There’s a couple dudes right now in the high arc of their career, and I can see it coming. Shame they can’t.

  12. If Stephen is sure why the Cowboys cut Dez, He is sure why no one has signed him.
    Everyone saw the drama on the sidelines.
    He is no longer good enough to warrant putting up with the nonsense. Dez’s “Garrett’s Guys”comments on the way out the door further lowered his market value.
    If he gets signed, it will be an incentive laden contract. Mature, be productive, avoid doing sittups in the driveway and maybe there will be a better deal next year.

  13. He isn’t signed because he blew off the Ravens. The Ravens were arguably the most receiver-needy team in the NFL. If he snubbed them and their #1 receiver spot, then why would anyone else waste their time?

  14. Does Dez have a potential legal case against the Cowboys for deliberately chopping him so late that he missed out on the first wave of Free Agency and effectively sabotaging his chances of making reasonable money on another team? If this was a Stephen Jones move to deliberately wait to let Dez go – while knowing that was his intention from the getgo, this tells me that Jerry’s future successor is a pretty dirty operator. Most teams don’t treat their veteran players so callously.

  15. It’s pretty easy to understand. The Jones’, specifically Jerry Jones, but to a lesser extent, Stephen really liked Dez and his competitiveness. I honestly don’t think Jerry wanted to cut him.

    Will McClay and the coaching staff saw his diminishing skillset combined with some of his attitude — if you watch All or Nothing you do see some glimpses of some of the drama he brings — and his pay and they decided that they wanted to go in another direction. Stephen, on some level probably likes Dez but has seen his father hold on to players far too long, and knows enough to know that if you want to build a good football team you have to be willing to listen to those with more football knowledge than you. So, Stephen was willing to listen to McClay and Lal. And, Jerry was willing to listen to Stephen. So, Dez was cut.

    I think that’s why you hear the Jones’ praising him. I think Jerry, at least, really does want to see him succeed.

  16. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    May 29, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    Dez has nobody to blame but Dez.
    I love it when these outspoken, ME ME ME players wear out their welcome, blow all of their money, and have to beg for a job.
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    Yeah like AP!!!

  17. Dez on taking 2018 paycut to stay in Dallas – “Hell No”
    Dez on Ravens 3 year 21 million dollar offer – “Hell No”

    Dez is under the impression he has Usain Bolt speed and Jerry Rice hands. 3rd string receivers with no speed that cant run routes or catch the ball should have been saying yes please to both of the above.

    Just Dez being Dez. Nice one, stick it to the man Dez, idiot.

  18. Using this writers argument, the fact that he’s better than some receivers that currently have roster spots is evidence of some kind of conspiracy to keep him out of the league.

  19. uglydingo says:

    May 29, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Does Dez have a potential legal case against the Cowboys for deliberately chopping him so late that he missed out on the first wave of Free Agency and effectively sabotaging his chances of making reasonable money on another team? If this was a Stephen Jones move to deliberately wait to let Dez go – while knowing that was his intention from the getgo, this tells me that Jerry’s future successor is a pretty dirty operator. Most teams don’t treat their veteran players so callously.
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    Guess you didn’t hear that he turned down the Ravens 3/year $21 million contract. lol

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