Dez Bryant to visit Browns Thursday, "not a given" he'll sign per Hue Jackson

3-time Pro Bowl receiver was released by Cowboys in April

Daryl Ruiter
August 14, 2018 - 3:05 pm

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Free agent receiver Dez Bryant will visit the Browns on Thursday.

ESPN first reported the day of the visit.

Last Thursday Bryant tweeted the he would visit the Browns after general manager John Dorsey told reporters that Bryant was not returning his phone calls.

Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson have to determine if Bryant, who was a constant focal point of attention in Dallas, would be a fit for them.

"We do all of our homework prior to [a visit], and you have very open and candid conversations with guys about what your locker room is, how your team is run, how we go about doing things and see if it fits," Jackson said. "The player has to be honest, and we have to be honest about what our expectations are. You just lay it out, and I think that's the only way you can do it at this time."

Jacksn said Tuesday that he does not have a prior relationship with Bryant but it isn't just a comfort level the Browns have to have with Bryant, Bryant has to want to come to Cleveland. A visit does not mean a signed contract. 

 "Oh, absolutely. It's not just a given," Jackson said. "I think you have to work through whatever conversations we have and feel good about it."

The Cowboys released Bryant after 8 seasons in April.

The 3-time Pro Bowl receiver has totaled 531 receptions, 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns over 113 career games since Dallas selected him 24th overall in 2010.

On Monday, receiver Jarvis Landry endorsed the idea of signing Bryant.

“If he wants to be here then obviously we’re open arms,” Landry said. “We’d love to have him. He’d be a great addition to our team and to our offense for sure. But right now, all we can do is focus on what we have.”

The Browns have been weighing their options to add depth at receiver following the trade of Corey Coleman to Buffalo on Aug. 5 and the continued absence of Josh Gordon.

“It is a discussion,” Jackson said Sunday. “I think we have a lot of good things going, but at the same time I do not think you can ever have too many good football players as long as they fit and as long as it is the right fit for the organization, for the locker room and for all involved. I think that is John’s charge. That is what he is trying to do.”