Dez Bryant hasn’t seen a whole lot of interest since his release by the Dallas Cowboys.
The star wideout did get a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens before the draft in April, but turned it down.
Bryant, who is said to prefer to prove himself on a one-year deal, insisted he has no regrets on passing up the offer despite being unsigned.
“Nope not 1 bit and very appreciative for the offer. .. what’s crazy is how reports like this will try to tarnish someone character.. the slight jab saying it’s not easy to get along with. I thought the media would give up by now with betraying me as something that I’m not,” he tweeted in response to a question about the Ravens’ offer.
The Ravens went on to sign New Orleans Saints restricted free agent wideout Willie Snead to a two-year offer sheet, which the Saints chose not to match.
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While Bryant, 29, remains in limbo, he also wants to head off talk about him possibly retiring.
“No I’m not retiring.. for the record me not being signed to a team yet has a lot to do with my personal decisions.. this media is a joke.” he tweeted.
After signing a five-year, $70 million extension in July of 2015, Bryant was limited to 150 catches for 2,035 yards and 17 scores across three seasons, missing 10 games over that span due to injury. He totaled 273 catches for 3,935 yards and 41 scores over the previous three seasons while playing in every game. The Cowboys released him on April 13.
He finished 2017 with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns, starting all 16 games.
Crabtree and Jordy Nelson were the only two receivers age 30 or older to secure deals worth $7 million or more per year in free agency. Even in an awful free-agent market last year, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson were the only two to cash in. Their lackluster production likely has teams thinking twice about signing older receivers to big deals. Even then, those two contracts are outliers going back as far as 2012.