The Cleveland Browns coaching staff continues to state that wide receiver Josh Gordon will be back, but at this point, no one has any idea when that will be. Without him and after trading Corey Coleman, the Browns seem to have a need at wideout. While they were busy taking care of the New York Giants in their preseason opener Thursday night, free agent receiver Dez Bryant was busy tweeting. One of those tweets should have caught the eye of Browns fans. The one where Bryant said that he will visit Cleveland next week, specifically.
Starting my visits next week…I’m coming to the Land to see you Mr Dorsey
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 10, 2018
Throughout the last few weeks, the former Dallas Cowboy has made it known that he would love to team up with Jarvis Landry in Cleveland. Although he seems to be very active on Twitter and may just be talking the talk, him stating that he will visit Berea next week seems legitimate and very interesting, to say the least.
As Dallas’ WR1 over the last few years, the 29-year-old has been quite a disappointment, at least in terms of expectations. After a very impressive stint between 2012-14, a three-year stat line that boosted the expectations placed on him by a lot, Bryant has had a major drop off over the last three seasons. In 2017, he totaled 69 receptions (132 targets) for 838 yards and six touchdowns while starting all 16 games.
At the end of the day, if Bryant does sign with the Browns, it could be a win-win for both sides. For him, he’s playing football and making money. For Cleveland, they would get a talented receiver that would add quite a bit of skill to a thin group of wideouts. Also, assuming it’s a short-term deal that’s not for a lot of money, Bryant will be playing all out, proving that he still has it in order for a chance to earn a big paycheck when he hits free agency again, which will most likely be sooner rather than later.
It remains to be seen whether the two are perfect partners for one another, but with so many questions at an already thin position, adding a talent like Bryant would be good decision for the Browns. If (and hopefully when) Gordon returns, Gordon, Landry, and Bryant can form quite the trio at wide receiver.