Dez Bryant has been a freelance since Dallas Cowboys released him in April. Bryant has mostly stayed in the headlines since, except when he dismissed a multiannual offer from Baltimore Ravens. It changed this week as a training camp started around NFL.
First, Cleveland Browns publicly recognized that they have had discussions about adding to the veteran recipient – a mating that may seem a joke, but actually makes a lot of sense. Since the interest arose on Friday when Ian Rapoport and Mary Kay Cabot both reported that the two sides could meet and possibly get a deal ready soon.
Shortly after, Bryant made waves, but it had nothing to do with a new team. Instead, it had to do with his old team, what he played since it was drafted in the first half of 201
As nothing signals the return of the football, like a Twitter beef, let's go over what happened:
Dez Bryant Broke Against A Quote From Cowboy's Executive Stephen Jones
On Friday, Cowboy's Deputy CEO Stephen Jones was interviewed on Sirius XM NFL Radio for the coming season and especially about third-year quarterback Dak Prescott. The Sirius XM NFL Radio Twitter account quoted Jones in a last removed tweet.
Bryant responded to a still-there tweet :
Courtesy of Blogging the Boys:
Bryant's critique of play calling – not an unusual complaint among Cowboy fans – is directed against offensive co-ordinator Scott Linehan.
Full Jones quotes, bypassing line about Bryant (and former tight end Jason Witten), are available here:
Dallas Cowboy's EVP / COO, Stephen Jones's full quote on the biggest advances would like to see Dak Prescott's husband this year three pic.twitter.com/NaXUeV1dXl
– SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) July 28, 2018
Jones expanded on their thoughts after Cowboy's practice Friday:
"You have amazing players like Dez and Witten – they want the ball. Everybody sees it's on every team, "he said. "The big players, the big recipients, the guys who catch the ball want the ball, they let their quarterbacks know it sometimes. I was a quarterback, I understand. But it was not in any way as it was supposed to be negative. "
Bryant suggested that center Travis Frederick and line-backer Sean Lee were involved in his release from the team.
He's not clueless .. Jerry was the only one who was clueless .. shit was a plan to get me out ask Travis and my brother worm Lee I mean Sean Lee https://t.co/7BK9cEkW90
– Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 27, 2018
He had more bets reserved for Lee:
Yes he supposed to be my brother. We laughed talking about goals and things he sat opposite me in the dressing room .. we thought we had a problem .. I've cut .. he was the first one to know .. I'm coming out he was behind it
Damn !! This is not the first time Bryant has suggested that some of his teammates – he called them "Garrett guys" after Cowboy's head coach – helped him get rid of the team:
"I will not post any names, but they know and I want them to know," said Jane Slater's NFL Network after his release. "I'll shoot them a text message and let them know. Little know they are, you know they can have the" C "everything they want, but in this locker room … they know who they communicate with. Everyone knows where it is true love is on. I do not throw anyone under the bus, but that's the difference between me and them. "
Frederick and Lee denied that they had anything to do with Bryant's release
Both veterans said nobody advised them when every time the cowboys cut ties with Bryant.
Frederick said he had no entry in the decision and valued Bryant as a teammate via DallasCowboys.com:
"I think I have definitely been on record saying that I thought Dez was a good teammate. claimed he was one of the best teammates I've had, Frederick said. "He's a guy who has learned a lot. I'm not sure where he's from there. Lee
Lee, a team captain, admitted that the two could not always see eye to eye:
"First: to say I can get one of the team and have some efforts on roster is absurd," Lee said. "Second thing: I love Dez and I want the best for him. To be honest, we made head heads because I wanted Dez to be more responsible for this team and his teammates. And to be honest with you, many felt by the team in this way. I think he must look at himself and keep himself in charge. "
But Bryant still loves the cowboys – and Jerry Jones
Bryant promised that he had no malice against the team:
Exactly I'm not why they are worried about me .. I'm a cowboy fan … my time was up and we should just leave it on https://t.co/T9XpBFQeP4
– Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 27, 2018
And he gave a quick shoutout to Prescott, drove back Ekeziel Elliott and wide recipients Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams:
Bryant has always had a special relationship with law owner Jerry Jones and did not end the day Bryant stopped being a member of Cowboys.
"Dez and I share a personal and professional relationship that is very strong and he is one of only a handful of players with whom I've been close to the last 30 years, Jones says after Bryant's release.
Bryant still holds Jones high regard:
But Bryant is frustrated with what he sees as cowboy's blaming him for his fighting 2017
Jane Slater talked to Bryant and said that contrary to what things looked Bryant was not angry. He was more tired of how he thought the cowboys portrayed him:
It's clear from his tweets that Bryant felt rude:
I'm not looking for anything .. so let's put the record straight … I decided not to take anybody shit from anyone anymore .. go in the summer .. I have not seen or talked about my future with Jones all summer last day of free agency i got cut .. no fool here .. @ me next time https://t.co / Pvm94jrU kV
– Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 28, 2018
And he might have started a new meme in the process – or at least "Go to work and go by Twitter" should be Next big meme:
Trust me, I've let it go .. I guess you'll sit and shut up when someone tries to infect my name … DEZ BRYANT is a company .. Mr. go to work and get off Twitter https://t.co/9N9aQGWNws
– Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 27, 2018
Bryant Och Cowboy's Right Obtained in 2017
The Cowboys took a step back in 2017, especially offensive. Prescott could not match his Offensive Rookie of the Year season, Elliott was interrupted for six games, and the team went from 13-3 and a No. 1 seed to 9-7 and missed the playoffs.
Bryant played all 16 games last season, for the first time since 2014. He also led the team in reception (69), receiving lap (838) and touchdown catches (six). But none of these statistics are spectacular, and they are far from the peak 2012-14 when he was more than 1,300 feet per season and two-digit touchdowns.
There is also this:
And it is true that Dak-Dez mating did not work for the cowboys. In April, Thomas George told SB Nation that a Cowboys source said they did not know Bryant helped Prescott grow like a quarterback:
Sure, Dez Bryant is no longer a cowboy because his salary costs too much. Because his production had dipped. Because he becomes 30 years of age and age and injury were factors. Because his "distractions" and emotional outbreaks in play, in the dressing room and beyond became tiresome.
However, this can not be denied – The Cowboys found that Dez does not work for Dak. So, it does not work for the cowboys.
Bryant wants to prove he has not been washed – and the cowboys were wrong
After being released, Bryant said he would like to play for another NFC East team so that he could have a chance to play against the cowboys. It seems unlikely to happen, but Slater said that an anonymous name – not Browns – was interested in Bryant and was not shut down because of his tweets
But by putting down the Ravens offer, Bryant made it known that he wants a one-year "prove it" deal to show that he is still the player he was back when "Did Dez catch it?" Became a saying. A team will sign him, and probably quite soon.
We just have to wait and see if he still has it, and if the Dallas offense can regain.
Bryant is obviously not counting on the latter.