The Dez Bryant saga is going to consume us for the next few months, unless and until he signs with an NFL team. And the off-from-his-peak-but-still-probably-pretty-productive receiver clearly isn’t going to sit patiently and wait for offers to roll in; he’s going to stoke the flames wherever he can.
This week’s thought exercise: Dez Bryant, New York Giant. Could it happen? Sure, and Bryant would love it. Will it happen? Almost certainly not, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
As 24/7 Sports notes in a thorough rundown of possible destinations for Bryant, the Giants hit several of Bryant’s key requirements. First, Bryant wants the move to be “special,” and jumping to a longtime rival would indeed be special. Second, he needs a reliable QB to deliver the ball, and Eli Manning still qualifies.
And third? Well, there’s the matter of the schedule: “I’m kinda hoping it’s an NFC East team,” Bryant said, per 24/7 Sports. “If it’s somewhere else, that’s fine. But I’d like to play the Cowboys twice.” The Eagles, coming off that Super Bowl win, have no need to add Bryant; the Redskins, as always a question mark, wouldn’t present much of a win-now opportunity.
Bryant delved deep into the third NFC East possibility: “The Giants,” Bryant said, “got a helluva defense, they’re going to pay OBJ (Odell Beckham Jr.), so (he’s) coming back. Playing with him, Sterling (Shepard) … the tight end (Evan Engram), (QB Eli) Manning? Crazy!” Add Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick, Bryant said, playing draft guru, and the Giants would indeed be an attractive destination.
Of course, the Giants have a say in this matter too, and the idea of a team adding Dez Bryant to a roster that already features OBJ, and one that’s in transition from legacy players like Manning to newcomers like whoever that No. 2 pick will be, doesn’t exactly make a whole lot of sense. Plus, as Pro Football Talk notes, the Giants are among the least financially flexible teams in the NFL, with less than $5 million in cap space available … and that’s before re-signing Beckham.
So, Dez to New York probably isn’t going to happen … but that possibility, and 30 others, will continue to float through the NFL ether for some time to come.