Return of Josh Gordon doesn’t impact Browns interest in Dez Bryant

Hue Jackson says they've "had a good conversation with Dez"

Daryl Ruiter
August 18, 2018 - 3:24 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Josh Gordon’s return will not impact the Browns interest in free agent receiver Dez Bryant according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Bryant visited the Browns all day Thursday and again Friday morning.

“No, one has nothing to do with he other,” Jackson said via a conference call with reporters Saturday afternoon. “Things will unfold as they will.

“The most important thing is that Josh is here, and again, we’ve had a good conversation with Dez. Until he’s a Cleveland Brown, I only can worry about the guys that are on this football team.”

Bryant was accompanied on the visit by his agent but they left town without a contract but talks were expected to continue.

“I think it was a good visit,” Jackson said following the Browns’ 19-17 loss to the Bills Friday night. “At the same time, he is not on our team so I am going to worry about the guys who are here and coach the group that is here.”

Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor didn't get a chance to meet Bryant either day, but he wished he had the chance to.

"By the time that we finished up for the day, we had a break and I believe that he was meeting with the coaches and Mr. Dorsey during our break time," Taylor said Friday night. "By the time that we got to the hotel, I believe that they were somewhere else. I did not spend any time [with him].

“I have texted him, but I have not physically talked to him. I would love to and see where his mind is.”

Gordon reported Saturday morning after taking a leave of absence from the team at the start of training camp but there is no timetable for him to practice or play in a game.

Jackson is hopeful Gordon can play Week 1 Sept. 9 against Pittsburgh.

Bryant, who caught 69 passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns last season, was released by the Cowboys in April.

The most productive years for the 3-time Pro Bowler came between 2012-2014 when Bryant racked up at least 1,200 receiving yards in each of the 3 seasons with 45 of his 73 career touchdowns coming in that span.