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Naturally, Everyone Wants Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys dumped receiver Dez Bryant on Friday.

He was scheduled to count $16.5 million against the Cowboys’ salary cap. Naturally, as soon as the move was made people started clamoring for the Green Bay Packers to sign Bryant.

The Packers do need receivers. The way things currently stand, the Packers will likely be starting Davante Adams on one side and tight end Jimmy Graham on the other. Randall Cobb will man the slot, as usual. After that, the pickings are slim — Geronimo Allison, Trevor Davis, Michael Clark, DeAngelo Yancey and some guys you’ve never heard of.

And then what happens when Cobb gets injured, as he is wont to do? Or when Adams suffers another concussion?

Yikes! Imagine the Packers trotting out Allison and Davis as starters.

Is Dez Bryant the answer?

While I wouldn’t be opposed to the Packers adding him at the right price, Bryant appears to be in decline. Bryant is 29 and will turn 30 in November. He could have some good years left in him, if his head is right.

However, he’s been trending down. Bryant hasn’t hit 1,000 yards since 2014, when he had 1,320.

In 2015, Bryant played in just nine games, finishing with 31 catches, 401 yards and three touchdowns. In 2016, his first with Dak Prescott throwing him the ball, Bryant went for 50, 796 and eight in 13 games. In 2017, Bryant played a full season and had 69 for 838 and six.

Bryant didn’t have a 100-yard game in 2017 and, if you watched any Dallas games, you noticed he dropped plenty of passes. Perhaps you can tie his decline in production to Prescott, who is solid, but no Tony Romo.

Maybe Bryant could resurrect his career with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.

The possibility isn’t out of the question. More so, I think the Packers would take an 800-yard season from their No. 2 receiver at this point. You can’t tell me Allison, who is technically the de facto No. 2 outside receiver, is going to do that.

My feeling, however, is the Packers don’t have the money to make the move. Bryant isn’t going to break the bank like Allen Robinson or Sammy Watkins did, at this point in the offseason. There are still receiver-hungry teams with more money than the Packers to spend, however. If there’s a bidding war, the Packers are most likely out, if they’re interested at all.

But wouldn’t it be ironic if the guy who caught the ball that was ruled a non-catch came and played for the team that beat the Cowboys that day?

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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20 Comments

  1. Kato April 13, 2018

    I don’t see it. His comment when he left the building was “see you guys twice next year.” I think it’s obvious that he wants to play for a division rival. And I think he would take less money to do so. I don’t think the eagles have the cap space to sign him. Which leaves the redskins and the giants. Given the giants issues with OBJ I think the redskins are the early favorite

  2. FTS April 13, 2018

    NO….NO…..NO…..Stop….

  3. Dennis Dervetski April 13, 2018

    WTF? Stop it. One inch shorter then Jordy, same speed now, yards a bit more last year bit we had Hundley, Jordy a team loyal player and citizen. No to DEZ!!

  4. Ferris April 13, 2018

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER. They won’t do it and he wouldn’t live in Green Bay. Unless they overpaid and they won’t. Give him $2M a year and then maybe.

  5. Adam April 13, 2018

    HARD Pass.

  6. Skinny April 13, 2018

    Sign him! Hes the missing piece on the offense! Remember when Moss was “done” in the 06-07 off season and then he went out and set the single season td reception record with a hall of fame qb? Same thing here. God dammit please Gute do this.

    1. FTS April 13, 2018

      Dez is not Randy Moss. Now or ever.

      1. PF4L April 13, 2018

        Skinny sounds like the Lonely Boy.

        Monty….check those user IP addresses and see if they are coming from the same library.

  7. Cheese April 13, 2018

    Fuck no. If Gute signed this headcase with inferior talents after shitting in Nelsons face then I would be taking an indefinite hiatus from being a Packer fan.

    1. PF4L April 13, 2018

      No shit hey….feels like it’s getting close to that.

  8. MJ April 13, 2018

    He priced himself out of Dallas. He still thinks he is up there with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown.
    Reality should bring his asking price down. But even then, some team may throw one more buck than us, and there he goes. I am not even delving into the attitude issues.

  9. PF4L April 13, 2018

    Two thoughts crossed my mind….

    1) So get rid of a td making machine with Rodgers, who led the league in td’s in 2016, that you could have kept for 4 or 5 million. Then sign a head case, locker room and sideline cancer who hasn’t had a stand out season since 2014?

    2) Or….. get rid of a td making machine with Rodgers, who led the league in td’s in 2016, that you could have kept for 4 or 5 million. Then have a need at wide receiver?

    Both equally mind numbing.

    Sounds like the Packers are in good hands…..lets move it along people, nothing to see here.

  10. Gort April 13, 2018

    Two words:
    Martellus Bennett

  11. cz April 13, 2018

    “With 58 touchdown catches since 2012, Bryant leads the league in this category, closely trailed by Antonio Brown (57) and Jimmy Graham (53).”

    hmmmm

    1. Skinny April 13, 2018

      That’s what I’m talking about. This guy has juice left man. With Rodgers throwin him the ball, sheesh, look out.

      1. FTS April 14, 2018

        If he can catch it.

        1. PF4L April 14, 2018

          Jordy has more td catches since 2015 over both Bryant and Graham, even with Jordy missing all of 2015.

          Also, if Jordy didn’t miss 2015 and had Rodgers, he was on pace for over 60 td’s since 2012.

          Just to put things in perspective,

  12. Howard April 13, 2018

    I like how you did that Monty. Dez Bryant caught the ball just like Jerry Rice fumbled the ball in Holmgrens last game coaching the Packers. The refs in both cases said a catch and a fumble never occurred. In the case of Dez not catching the ball the refs were correct. In the case of the fumble the refs were wrong, but the Packer defense should have stopped the 49ers on the following plays. Just like the cowboys should have tried to stop the Packers and get the ball back. Both defenses failed, and so did Bryant.

  13. Mitch Anthony April 13, 2018

    Unless, we sign this dude and then right away trade him straight up to the Raiders for that Jordy Nelson guy.

    Otherwise, not only NO but fuck NO!

  14. Hans April 14, 2018

    Ya can’t turn your back on talent- which is why Gutey will at least turn that stone with a call to his agent. I think his asking price would determine if a bigger sniff was to be made, but ultimately it would come down to Dez either wanting to win, revenge factor and of course the Benjamins. For that reason, it would take a small miracle for Dez to ever touch down onto Austin-Straubel Int’l Airport. We could use him but it won’t happen.