On Friday morning, the Dallas Cowboys released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant, expectedly, sending shockwaves across the NFL.
One of the most famous, and at times among the best, players in the NFL doesn’t hit the open market all that often.
Some reports suggest Bryant wants to stay in the NFC East and get the chance to play the Cowboys twice a year.
If that’s true, that would put the Redskins firmly in play for Bryant.
Does a run at Dez make sense for Washington?
Let’s look at the pros and cons of the situation.
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Pro: Dez is a physical force at the wide receiver position. He wins at the line of scrimmage. The Skins don’t have that right now, and every NFL team can use that.
Con: Dez has seen declining production for a few seasons. Some of that can be the move in QB from Tony Romo to Dak Prescott and some of that can be the emphasis on the run game in Dallas. Still, declining production is declining production.
Pro: If Dez wants to stick it to the Cowboys and play in the NFC East, his options are limited. That could mean a bargain of a contract.
Con: Dez can be emotional on the field and off the field. Do the Redskins want to add that to a young WR group?
Pro: Since Dallas cut Bryant, signing him would not impact the compensatory pick formula that the Redskins have focused on this offseason.
Con: Bryant and Washington CB Josh Norman have had some heated exchanges in the past. Odds are both players could look past prior transgressions if it makes the team win, but it would be a hurdle.
Pro: Bruce Allen likes to wait for marquee players to get released later in the cycle. Think about the signings of Norman and DeSean Jackson. Bryant would certainly fit that mold.
Signing Bryant is complicated, but could be rewarding.