"I'd Be Very Cautious" About Signing Dez

Dez Bryant remains a free agent, but there's one team that could be a perfect fit for him, Dan Orlovsky says

Reiter Than You
August 07, 2018 - 8:34 am

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With the NFL season rapidly approaching, Dez Bryant remains a free agent – despite the fact that he is 29 and appears to have something left in the tank.

So, if you were an NFL general manager, would you sign him?

“I’d be very cautious,” former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky said on Reiter Than You. “If you went to the pretty deep NFL fan and said the name Dez Bryant, they would probably (say), ‘Yeah, pretty good player for the Cowboys. Not what he used to be. Dramatic. Emotional outbursts.’ So you better be able to handle that and believe that you’ve got not only the organization but the locker room and the quarterback and the people around him that can handle that – and that's easier said than done.”

The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in Bryant, who last year had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns, but Orlovsky feels that wouldn’t be a good fit.

“We’re going to bring a guy who is not what he used to be . . . into a locker room that’s won one game in two years?” he said. “There is nothing yet that is telling me it’s going to be any different. Until it happens, I can’t believe it’s going to be any different. I’m not going to bring somebody there with emotional outbursts. I think he’s got to go to a place that’s no-nonsense – from the top down, from the general manager to the head coach to the people around him.”

Instead of signing with the winless Browns, perhaps Bryant should consider another team in the AFC – a team coming off a division title.

“I think he should go to Jacksonville,” Orlovsky said. “I really do. They’ve got great veteran leadership – Tom Coughlin and (Doug) Marrone do not play games – and he’s going to get a lot of one-on-one coverage. I just believe that that’s the best for for him to go in and still provide value. Ask yourself this: why is Jordy Nelson four years older – (with) half the stats that Dez had last year – why was he signed so quickly and Dez hasn’t yet? Why? It’s because of the personality you’re bringing in. And if you don’t have the people to handle that, it could blow up in your eyes.”