Dez Bryant’s prospects for 2019 become complicated, to say the least

AP

On the surface, Dez Bryant‘s decision to return for the stretch run with a Super Bowl contender was brilliant. If he could show the rest of the NFL that he can still get it done — especially in the postseason — Dez would set himself up for a potentially significant payday on the first day of free agency in 2019.

But the game of football always entails a risk of injury, and with Dez reportedly popping an Achilles tendon on the last play of practice on Friday, the situation will complicate his prospects for next year. And Bryant knows it.

The injury happened a year to the day after former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured an Achilles tendon against the Cardinals. It left him unavailable for the offseason program, although he was able to pass a physical in time for training camp.

So it will undoubtedly take Bryant time to get ready for next year, and he most likely will encounter limited interest on the open market, with his best play being a one-year deal. And if the only offers entail one-year, low-money compensation packages, he should consider waiting until the contenders declare themselves, like he did this year.

At a reported base salary of $1.25 million (prorated to $588,000), Dez will get paid for the balance of the season, and he’ll have access to the Saints’ medical and training facilities as he recovers. Maybe that will make the Saints and Bryant inclined to give it a try in 2019. Regardless, Dez’s prospects for next year instantly have become far different than they could have been.

None of this means that he erred in not accepting the offer that Cleveland made before the season started, which as PFT reported had hard dollars of less than $5 million. Dez apparently sensed what the rest of us did: That the Browns were going to be a jambalaya of dysfunction.

30 responses to “Dez Bryant’s prospects for 2019 become complicated, to say the least

  1. In the end, Bryant has followed the Me’Veon Bell road of:
    1. Rejecting a reasonable contract offer
    2. Ensuring that you have a very limited market for your services in 2019.
    Millennials are idiots.

  2. So turning down 10 times as much from the Browns than the Saints is not an error because the Browns are bad. Great BUSINESS logic right there. Bryant was brilliant turning down 10 times the salary from the Browns.

  3. Dez apparently sensed what the rest of us did: That the Browns were going to be a jambalaya of dysfunction.

    Dez is an expert on dysfunction. He’s a one man jambalaya of dysfunction.

  4. The problem with your last comment is that Dez publicly said the exact opposite about the Browns and say they “do things the right way” if I recall correctly.

    Based on the things he has said on social media, it sounds like he was dealing with some mental health issues in the preseason and early into the regular season. He spoke about needing to “get right” before signing with a team.

    That the Saints happened to be the team willing to give him a shot at midseason was just a lucky coincidence, followed up by a tragic case of bad luck with the injury.

    If the Saints are only valuing Dez at $1.25 million this year, I would imagine his value isnt going to be much higher in free agency this offseason. Perhaps $3 million or so if he can find a suitor early in free agency while the coffers are still full for most teams. If I were Dez, I would be strongly considering just hanging up my cleats or, as you mentioned, waiting around until midseason again for a contender.

  5. If it’s an Achilles, he’s toast. He started his career with very-good-but-not-elite speed, and had already lost a step BEFORE this injury. Even if he has a solid rehab, he will have an incredibly difficult time generating separation from defenders.

  6. Passed on 7 mil per year from the Ravens and 5 mil per year from the Browns had to take 1 and a quarter from the saints.
    Now he’s going to be a year older coming of an injury his last big season was 4 years ago. But who knows maybe Jerry will want him back and back up the brinks truck

  7. Meh, not that complicated. I see 2 options:
    1. Retire
    2. Sign with the Saints for a 1-year deal for the minimum

  8. If you think they’ll be a very limited market for Bell, you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about

    dryzzt23 says:
    November 10, 2018 at 8:01 am
    In the end, Bryant has followed the Me’Veon Bell road of:
    1. Rejecting a reasonable contract offer
    2. Ensuring that you have a very limited market for your services in 2019.
    Millennials are idiots

  9. I really despise the justification of millenials vs. ???? in any argument. An entire generation can’t be blamed for the actions of just one of it’s representatives. Dare I say the same thing about political parties. However, conceited millionaires must understand business. Sure Le’veon Bell will get many suitors, but not at the price he thought he is worth. As for Dez, he at least got free medical care and a paycheck most of us would work for 15-20 years for. I wish him well, but he is all but done. He will make great headlines for Camp next year, but doubt he will be on a Roster.

  10. broncosroe says:
    November 10, 2018 at 9:41 am
    If you think they’ll be a very limited market for Bell, you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about

    dryzzt23 says:
    November 10, 2018 at 8:01 am
    In the end, Bryant has followed the Me’Veon Bell road of:
    1. Rejecting a reasonable contract offer
    2. Ensuring that you have a very limited market for your services in 2019.
    Millennials are idiots
    —‘
    Don’t mind him. That guy dryzzt23 has been on here for years making irrational predictions not based on reality but based on his biased support of everything ownership. Any time a player plays financial hard ball like owners do you better believe dryzzt23 will be around to criticize the player.

    Personally for me and most people it would be very very hard to give up $14 million gauranteed. But I can definitely see the logic in what Bell is doing and frankly if you were to step back and look at it from a business point of view you would have to admire someone willing to take the arrows from the public and former teammates in order to put himself in the most financial advantageous position as possible. I see too many players that get tagged and piss and moan about it but still come in and play. This player did something aboit it outside of complaining.

  11. @ samuraisword51

    “If it’s an Achilles, he’s toast. He started his career with very-good-but-not-elite speed, and had already lost a step BEFORE this injury. Even if he has a solid rehab, he will have an incredibly difficult time generating separation from defenders”

    Wow. Some are simply clueless about football. Bryant wasn’t brought to New Orleans to get separation from defenders. Thomas and Smith do that already. Bryant had lost a step the last two years he was with Dallas. He is a big-bodied receiver who is a chain mover, battles for contested catches, and is aLao a GL threat as such. New Orleans puts him in the slot, and also targets him on quick slants to move the chains. That would have been his role in New Orleans, and will be in the future if he finds a team after rehabbing his Achilles. Bryant is not a field stretcher, and never really has been. Wake up, bro. The coffee is brewing.

  12. He’s done. So is Sherman. When you compensate for that reduced burst, you start putting stress on other soft tissues in the leg. Not surprised with Sherman’s hamstring and calf problems now.

  13. He’s done like Christmas goose. This was his shot. I wouldn’t expect many, if any, tire kickers in 2019 regarding him.

  14. Maybe this was a blessing in disguise as some teams may still think he has something left in the tank other than wrestling for contested balls that are contested because he can’t get open. What he needs to do now is sign with Sam Bradford’s agent and get signed to another outrageous contract. It worked for Sam.

    Several times…

  15. jsrdc says:
    November 10, 2018 at 10:39 am

    He is a big-bodied receiver who is a chain mover, battles for contested catches, and is aLao a GL threat as such.

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    What you said is true. The problem in Dallas was that you could not convince Dez of that. Have my doubts that he would have been happy w/ that role in N Orleans either. He would catch a few TD’s and think he was Jerry Rice again. And start ranting on the sidelines.

  16. Dez looked like a tight end his Saints uni…..that he wore for 2 days. I bet he constantly thinks about all the money he blew on stupid stuff thinking he was going to bring in 20-30 more million. I’m like that when I gamble in Vegas. End of the night or late morning when going to bed after a rough outing…..I think about what all I could have bought/done with the losses…..yet for some reason I didn’t feel content with that scenario before hitting the casino. Pretty much the same situation on different scales.

  17. The Saints tried to copy the Patriots signing Josh Gordon. The whole Dez Bryant signing thing has blown up in their face now. As for Dez, he just needs to call it quits.

  18. kamthechancellor says:
    November 10, 2018 at 10:52 am
    He’s done. So is Sherman.

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    Dez is done. Sherman isn’t what he was 5 years ago but he is still a #1 corner, even if the team around him stinks. And good zone corners, as a general rule, tend to age better than man corners. Their games are not as dependant on elite quick twitch and change of direction ability. Sherman and other zone corners who are not elite athletes succeed by reacting to the QB, not the receiver.

  19. Dez: I be looking for a roommate to split rent and utilities. Maybe do some sports memorabilia shows together when cash be running low. Let me know. TO

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