Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dez Bryant (88) and Sheldon Brown (24)
- The latest betting odds on Dez Bryant's future employer favor the Cleveland Browns (-150), New York Giants (+450), and Tennessee Titans (+500).
- The Giants continue seem like Bryant's best fit on and off the field.
It’s been a slow interview season for Dez Bryant, but that hasn’t kept him out of the news. His recent twitter tirade called out everyone from Scott Linehan to Sean Lee.
Still, the league’s general lack of interest in securing the services of the only wide receiver with 70-plus touchdowns since 2010 has simply been alarming.
Oddsmakers have again released odds on who Bryant’s next team will be. The odds in parenthesis denote the numbers from April 19.
- Browns -150 (N/A)
- Giants +450 (+1000)
- Titans +500 (N/A)
- Texans +800 (+400)
- Redskins +1200 (+500)
- Packers +1200 (+500)
- Patriots +1400 (+600)
- 49ers +1500 (+800)
- Saints +3000 (+500)
- Falcons +3000 (N/A)
We liked Bryant to the Giants at +1000 in our initial breakdown back in April. Every other team that was initially given odds has seen their chances slashed at least in half, while the Browns, Titans and Falcons have vaulted into contention.
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Bryant made his plans very clear upon being released. He specifically told Cowboys insider Mike Fisher:
- “I’m kinda hoping it’s an NFC East team. If it’s somewhere else, that’s fine. But I’d like to play the Cowboys twice.”
- “It won’t be about the money. . . . It won’t be about ‘market value.’ No. No. Not at all.”
Dez reportedly turned down a multi-year deal from the Ravens because he wanted a one-year contract that would enable him to again test the market in 2019.
There hasn’t been much to suggest Bryant will join any of the teams whose odds have already significantly decreased. This leaves us with the Giants, and our three new contenders.
Dez to the Browns
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported last week that the Browns have reached out to Bryant’s agents about him potentially signing in Cleveland. The news comes in wake of Josh Gordon’s still vague absence from training camp, as well as a season-ending neck injury to third-year receiver Ricardo Louis.
However, it seems far from a sure thing that Bryant would accept a role on a depth chart featuring …
- Gordon, truly one of the league’s most-talented receivers and rumored to be training in Florida to avoid 24/7 coverage from HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
- Jarvis Landry, the Browns’ $75 million dollar man who is reportedly getting in work as an outside receiver in training camp.
- Corey Coleman and Antonio Callaway, two first-round talents (off-the-field concerns aside for the latter) who offer far more potential than Bryant.
Dez to the Giants
The +450 odds aren’t nearly as appealing as +1000 from back in April. Still, the fit on and off the field seems to make the most sense. Bryant has never attempted to hide his bromance with Odell Beckham Jr.
Training camp reports have indicated there’s a greater emphasis on featuring OBJ in the slot this season, something that would theoretically be easier to do with an established outside receiver to complement Sterling Shepard, who ran 74.3% of his snaps from the slot in 2017. The Giants haven’t replaced Brandon Marshall with a similar veteran red-zone threat — yet.
Dez to the Titans
Rishard Matthews has yet to suit up in training camp due to an undisclosed injury, so it’s feasible they could be in the market for a receiver. Bryant would be forced to accept a role behind breakout-candidate Corey Davis, but a three-WR set featuring Taywan Taylor between Davis and Bryant isn’t crazy to imagine.
Dez to the Falcons
Prepare for #DezWatch anytime a receiver so much as limps off the field this August. The Falcons drafted Calvin Ridley in the first round to line up across from Julio Jones with Mohamed Sanu in the slot, but Ridley exited last Saturday’s practice with a hamstring injury. He returned to practice the following day.
The entire “Dez to the Browns” narrative was essentially spun from general manager John Dorsey responding to a question regarding the team’s interest in the ex All-Pro.
“Have we had discussions about Dez Bryant? … Yeah, that’s natural. You’re going to have discussions like that.”
The Giants again seem like the play at +450, but the tighter odds and general fluidity of the situation makes this a potential stay away — sorta like how NFL teams are presently approaching Bryant.