In anticipation of this move, my partner Steve Corkran looked at the possibility of Dez Bryant becoming an Oakland Raider earlier this week.
Now, it is possible. The receiver was cut by the Dallas Cowboys on Friday morning. So, now, it’s my time to chime in on the topic of Bryant and the Raiders.
Because we have you covered at RaidersSnakepit.com, I addressed Bryant two months ago when it was first speculated he could be sent packing in Big D. Back then, I wasn’t hot on the idea. My thoughts haven’t changed over time.
While Cork likes the idea, I just don’t see it.
Sure, Bryant would make the 2018 Oakland Raiders better at receiver and they need more help at the position. And the rest of the receiver free-agent class is uninspiring.
But the truth is, other than his name, Bryant isn’t all that hot of an idea, either. Like it not, he is not the same player he was a couple of years ago. Bryant, who is showing early interest in staying in the NFC East so he can stick it to Dallas, is slowing and getting less attention from defenses. Scouts have been wondering about Bryant’s demise since the middle of the 2016 season.
The Raiders already spent big on Jordy Nelson. He is going to be 33. I’m not sure adding Bryant, who is 29 and who probably won’t come cheap, would help the team in the long run. Plus, money is an issue for the Raiders, who added 16 free agents, many of the bargain-bin variety. With a massive deal for Khalil Mack in the works, I’m not sure the budget allows for a Bryant signing.
Considering the payoff might be muted and temporary, the Raiders should exercise caution.
Plus, Oakland jettisoned receiver Michael Crabtree partly because of his attitude. Well, if Crabtree can be an occasional pain in the ass, Bryant has the potential to be a full-body cramp.
We’ve learned new special teams coach Rich Bisaccia has a lot of influence on Gruden. Several former Bisaccia players have come to Oakland this offseason. Bisaccia was last with Dallas. He will tell Gruden what he thinks. Perhaps it will make an influence, either good or bad.
But all of the tea leaves read that the Raiders should take a pass here.