Browns discussed signing former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant

John Dorsey may add a receiver with Josh Gordon's status in doubt

Daryl Ruiter
July 25, 2018 - 1:08 pm
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – With receiver Josh Gordon’s future in doubt the Cleveland Browns have discussed the possibility of signing former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

General manager John Dorsey acknowledged Wednesday that they’ve had internal conversations about the 3-time Pro Bowler in the wake of Gordon not reporting for camp to deal with personal matters.

"I've had a chance to be around Dez. I've known Dez… I got a chance, when he was down there at Lufkin Texas, I actually went to his workout and got a chance to meet him down there. I know what kind of person he is and what makes him [tick]. He's a very talented player,” Dorsey said. “Have we had discussions about Dez Bryant? Yeah, that's natural. You're going to have discussions like that. Now, we'll see what comes to fruition in the next couple days, but we've talked about it. You have to talk about these things.''

While they have talked about Bryant, Dorsey made it clear that it is standard procedure for him, or any NFL front office to discuss potential moves.

"I've talked about a lot of players," Dorsey said. "There's a whole list."

Dorsey declined to get into specifics regarding Gordon’s situation despite numerous questions seeking clarity other than to say that the team is “respecting Josh’s privacy.”

The Cowboys released Bryant, who has racked up 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns over 8 seasons, in April but he does come with a lot of baggage, and a spotlight.

"I look at Dez as a very competitive, passionate person. That's how I look at a Dez Bryant," Dorsey said when asked about that aspect of such a move.

With Gordon's status unknown and the news that Ricardo Louis will miss the season following neck surgery, Dorsey will look to add depth at the receiver position in the coming days.

"Our personnel department will do its due diligence and dig into everything and turn over every stone possible," Dorsey said. "We’ll look at all options and talk and have free discussion about possibilities here, here. We have got two roster spots we can fill. The question is here do I want to use it at the receiver position for legs? Or the stress points of training camp we all know are receivers and corners. Do we add an additional corner? These are things you have in the discussions.

"Let’s see what happens as the days go forward. I will say this: I’m going to have a group of receivers in here and work them out eventually, so we’ll see what happens."