One day after scouting chief Will McClay cited an inability to win outside as a reason the Dallas Cowboys cut receiver Dez Bryant, ESPN is reporting that his market is slow to non-existent after turning down a multi-year deal offer from Baltimore Ravens before the draft.
Bryant, 29, remains unsigned after being released by the Cowboys on April 13.
Bryant reportedly turned down a three-year, $21 million deal from the Ravens in hopes of signing a one-year, prove-it deal with a preferred team of his choice. He wants the opportunity to be a free agent next season and hopefully secure another big contract after a strong bounce-back year in 2018.
But according to ESPN, there has not only been no interest from teams in the NFC East, where he had hoped to land to see the Cowboys twice a year and make them regret their decision, but there also are not many teams interested in Bryant at all.
More to the point, ESPN reports “far more” teams are unwilling to pay Bryant even the league minimum salary than there are teams that would consider signing Bryant for any contract.
Bryant has not had 1,000 yards receiving since 2014 and blames his decline in production on injuries, a lack of focus and a predictable offense. He had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.
McClay pointed to what the Cowboys saw on tape from Bryant during the 2017 season as reason for his departure.
"It was a collective deal,” McClay said. “The [inability] to win one-on-one, to win down field. There was inconsistency as well as some huge things in his play. So what’s best moving forward for Dez Bryant, the Cowboys, we just made that decision. It’s a production based business.”