Dez Bryant Rumors: Ex-Cowboys WR's Decision Won't Be Based on Money

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2018

Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant (88) in action against Philadelphia Eagles' Rasul Douglas (32) during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Philadelphia. Dallas won 6-0. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Despite missing out on the $12.5 million base salary the Dallas Cowboys owned him, Dez Bryant is reportedly not prioritizing finances in free agency.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reported Bryant is looking at "offensive fit and how well he believes he'll mesh with his next quarterback" to make a decision on his next team.

The Cowboys released Bryant on Friday after eight seasons with the team. He told NFL Network he'd like to play in the NFC East because his departure was "personal."

"I won't say any teams, but being in the division, that's a huge possibility. That's a huge possibility," Bryant said. "That's something that I want. ... It's personal. Like I said, it's very personal. I already had a plan of training and getting my mind right. I just want to do it that much more."

Bryant, who turns 30 in November, has not reached 1,000 yards receiving since 2014. He recorded 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season, averaging a career-low 12.1 yards per catch. The former Pro Bowler put the blame on "Garrett guys" for his release, throwing a shot at Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

"I'm just tired of being a scapegoat, tired of all of it," Bryant said. "I'm a real guy. I'm a real guy and I just want to prove and I'm going to continue to keep proving that on and off of the field. Like I said, when you do wrong to people, nothing good happens on the other end. I don't care how great it looks on the outside. It's all about what it is on the inside. ... I come from dirt, so I got strong belief and I got strong faith. So it is what it is."

Zrebiec's report indicates the Baltimore Ravens have some level of interest in Bryant, though it's unclear if that's mutual.

Washington and the New York Giants are potential fits if Bryant wants to stay in the division. Washington in particular is in need of a receiver and has a storied history with the Cowboys as their biggest divisional rival. 

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