Dez Bryant Packers update: earlier today, former Cowboys teammate Jason Witten said that he thinks the three-time Pro Bowler will end up catching passes from Aaron Rodgers while guesting on The Adam Schefter Podcast. Witten was recently hired by ESPN to be its analyst on Monday Night Football. His two cents on Dez’s next team made big headlines today.
Witten obviously knows Bryant better than the vast majority of us. However, it seems like he was just speculating. And to be fair, many of others identified the Packers as a potential fit for Dez Bryant.
The team let go of long-time star receiver Jordy Nelson earlier in the off-season. Nelson quickly joined the Oakland Raiders.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport hopped on NFL Network today to say “not so fast” on the Dez Bryant Packers speculation, however.
He reports that the Packers have been considered as a potential spot for Bryant. However, it is not something that is close at all.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 15, 2018
Here is Rapoport’s full quote on the Dez Bryant Packers speculation. Via NFL Network:
“Jason Witten is not completely wrong here. In fact, the Green Bay Packers were a team mentioned here, early on in the process, along with the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints, as a possible Dez Bryant location.
So, he’s not wrong. Then they get to the draft, they draft a bunch of receivers, and it certainly seems like a lot of teams say ‘You know what, we just want to stick with what we have.’
He turned down the Ravens, the Saints seem to be sticking, I also sense nothing with the Packers. They do not seem to be in on him and are not expected to be, all of which helps explain why Dez Bryant is still available, and still looking for a team.”
Wide receiver was a huge focus for the Packers in the NFL Draft. The team took Mizzou’s J’Mon Moore in the fourth round, USF’s Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the fifth, and Notre Dame’s Equanimeous St. Brown in the sixth. That probably reduces the chance of Bryant heading up North, but if the price is right, maybe the team could tkae a shot on him.