Dez Bryant is in the conversation for being the best wide receiver of his generation and is believed to be a potential Hall of Famer. As great as Dez has been Bryant’s production did dip in 2017 and Jerry Jones made the decision to release Dez. After the not so surprising news, Dez took to his Twitter account and proclaimed how he wanted to play the Cowboys twice a year which means Bryant will sign with an NFC East team.
Right after the Cowboys made the release official of Dez Bryant the New York Giants released their own wide-receiver, Brandon Marshall making the move seem reactionary to Bryant’s departure. Yet, at this moment the G-Men have not signed Dez and there are a few reasons why.
First off, as horrid as the Giants were in 2017 the one positive that can be stated is the depth of the G-Mens wide receivers. Big Blue still has Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard under their rookie contracts and rookie tight-end Evan Engram was the lone ray of sunlight in a dark and dreary 2017 for the Giants. Eli Manning can only throw to one receiver per play and the signing of Bryant would leave a gluttony of talent at a position where people can easily become unhappy if someone is not getting enough targets
The second reason why is similar to why Dez got released and that would be the money Bryant would demand. In 2018 Bryant’s salary would have been 16.5 million against the Cowboys salary cap. While Bryant did not have the All-Pro year Dez has had in the past Bryant would still want at least half of that number. The Giants would be better served using their resources to shore up every other position on the team instead of adding depth to a loaded position.
Still, funny things can happen in the NFL, let’s say the G-Men’s wide receiving core is devastated with injuries in late December and the Giants are in playoff contention while Dez is still available. In that situation, it would be for feasible to have Dez join the Giants in enough time to torment his former team in the 2018 season finale.