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Jerry Jones says jobless Dez Bryant can be productive for another team

Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has yet to sign with another team roughly four weeks after being released.

He turned down a reported three-year, $21 million deal from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of signing a one-year, prove-it deal with the team of his choice.

He had expressed interest in joining a team in the NFC East so he could play the Cowboys twice a year and make them regret their decision.

There were hopes that Bryant would join a team after the 2018 NFL Draft, but nothing has surfaced so far.

ESPN recently reported that the market was slim for Bryant and there were not many teams interested in him even at the veteran minimum.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones refused to comment on Bryant’s free-agent market, but said the team’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions can still play.

“I don’t have a reaction to that, because I have no idea if that’s the volition of the teams or his choice,” Jones said Wednesday at the team’s annual golf tournament. “I certainly know that he’s probably got the opportunities [and is] going to be pretty selective and should be. He’s earned it. By the same token, I wouldn’t dare speak for any of the other 31 teams.”

Bryant, 29, caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. It was his third consecutive season of declining numbers since signing a five-year, $70 million contract extension in 2015.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Bryant registered at least 88 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012-2014.

He hasn’t registered a 1,000-yard receiving season since 2014.

Jones contradicted recent comments from Cowboys scouting chief Will McClay, who said the film showed Bryant’s inability to win one-on-one battles down the field and inconsistent play.

While he said it was time for the Cowboys to move on from Bryant, Jones believes the former Oklahoma State star can contribute and help a team.

“I don’t feel that way,” Jones said. “That’s not to disagree at all with Will, but I wish and want Dez to have the opportunity to compete in the NFL. I think he can, and I think he will.

"He’s certainly got the right stuff and the real question is: As every player in his career deals with injury or deals with the length of his career, I think he’s very capable mentally as well as physically to do the kinds of things that you have to to adjust as you move on through your career.

"We just lost one of the greatest role models that may have ever played this game in Jason Witten. But certainly I think he can take some of the things he’s seen Jason do and incorporate that type of attitude and work ethic in what he’s doing and get a chance to be back out there.

“I think that every evaluation that I’ve seen, Dez has an excellent opportunity to make a contribution and a significant contribution to a team. Our time was the time and the right time as far as our relationship, but that doesn’t preclude him from being productive for another team.”

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