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New Free Agency Rumors Are Swirling For WR Dez Bryant

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New free agency rumors are swirling for free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant in the wake of some of the things that have happened today.

The Patriots have often been mentioned as an option for the former Dallas Cowboys star wideout and those rumors are only going to heat up this afternoon.

Bryant, who was released by the Cowboys earlier this year, could be an option for New England, which now is in need of some depth at the wide receivers position.

Eric Decker, who signed with the Patriots earlier this summer, announced on Instagram that he was retiring.

NFL insider Benjamin Allbright had tweeted that Bryant could be an option for the Patriots. "Now that Decker and Britt are gone, dont be surprised if Dez is in play," he reports.

Bryant had previously swirled some Patriots rumors when he called Tom Brady his favorite player on Instagram.

ESPN, though, had reported on Saturday that it was unlikely the Patriots would pursue Bryant.

"I don't see Dez Bryant as a likely scenario for the Patriots, even though the receiver ranks have been thinned since the start of training camp with the releases of Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt. A more likely scenario to me, if the Patriots are truly thinking of adding another veteran receiver, would be to consider free agent Brandon LaFell (who played for the team in 2014-2015). But I don't sense them making that type of move unless there is another significant injury at the position," ESPN wrote.

That was yesterday, though. The Patriots' mindset on Bryant might be changing with the Decker news.