The Cleveland Browns are incredibly intriguing for a team that has won one game in two seasons. Now, Josh Gordon is set to rejoin the team, forming a pretty deadly one-two punch at wide receiver with Jarvis Landry.
The focus of many fans has been another former Pro Bowl wide receiver. Former Dallas Cowboys standout Dez Bryant traveled to Cleveland earlier this week, and had what was described as a positive meeting with the club.
Dez didn't get a contract offer, however. Now, with Josh Gordon back in the fold, there are logical questions about whether that is off the table.
For what its worth, head coach Hugh Jackson says that the Dez Bryant and Josh Gordon situations are not connected.
"No, I think one has nothing to do with the other in my opinion,'' Jackson said. "Again, things will unfold as they will. The most important thing we know is that Josh is here, and again, we've had a good conversation with Dez and until he's a Cleveland Brown, I can only worry about the guys that are on this football team.''
Bryant may still be a longer shot now, for somewhat unrelated reasons. Now, the asking price could be an issue.
Bryant left town without a contract on Friday, and the two sides did not come close to an agreement. Bryant is seeking a one-year "prove-it'' deal and wants to play for a contender. But the asking price may be too high for the Browns. In April, Bryant turned down a three-year, $21 million offer from the Ravens.
The three-time Pro Bowler will remain on the Browns' radar, but they're not expected to sign him anytime soon.
If Dez Bryant doesn't wind up landing with the Browns, it is very unclear what his options for the upcoming season will be.