According to Ian Rapoport at the NFL Network, general manager John Dorsey is working to schedule a visit with Bryant, which could come by Monday.
Sources: The #Browns and FA WR Dez Bryant have mutual interest and the team is working on scheduling a visit with him. Monday would be a logistical day, if not sooner. This could be a match.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2018
Bryant will be a familiar name to even the most casual of Browns fans after spending eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he made three Pro Bowls and earned an All-Pro nod once.
His production has fallen off in recent seasons, however, as Bryant has not posted a 1,000-yard receiving season since 2014. Last season he finished with 69 receptions for 838 yards, six touchdowns and an average of 12.1 yards per reception.
While those numbers may look impressive to a Browns team that has seen its wide receivers struggle in recent years, those same numbers were all the lowest in Bryant’s career for a season where he played all 16 games.
With the news circulating that the Browns may be interested, Bryant took to Twitter on Friday to call out Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, and former teammates Travis Frederick and Sean Lee for the disappointing end to his time in Dallas.
Here we go with that scapegoat shit.. i charged everything to the game and went the other way.. y’all know what the real problem is .. don’t put it on me with that bullshit.. garbage ass play calling.. Everybody lined up in the same spot for 17 weeks.. https://t.co/YhG4cAPx6O— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 27, 2018
Whether or not that type of behavior fits into the “new culture” that Dorsey is reportedly building with the Browns remains to be seen. The interest in Bryant also raises the question of just how confident the Browns are about wide receiver Josh Gordon’s ability to return to the team any time soon.