Dez Bryant Rumors: WR Turned Down Multiyear Contract Offer from Ravens

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after their 20-17 win over the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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As Dez Bryant looks for a new home for 2018, the Baltimore Ravens appear to be out of the running. 

Not because of a lack of interest in the former Dallas Cowboys star, but because the two reportedly couldn't reach common ground on a deal.

NFL insider Ed Werder reported Wednesday that Bryant turned down a multiyear offer from Baltimore because he wants a one-year contract that would put him on the open market at the start of free agency next year, allowing him to potentially cash in.

After signing receivers Michael Crabtree, John Brown and DeVier Posey earlier this offseason, Baltimore recently added Willie Snead after the New Orleans Saints declined to match the restricted free agent's two-year, $7 million offer sheet.

Now, Joe Flacco has help on the outside to improve a passing attack that ranked 29th last season.

The three-time Pro Bowler has made it clear that his decision won't come down to money. His No. 1 priority appears to be finding a way to stay in the NFC East so he can have two shots at the NFC East.

Bryant was scheduled to make $12.5 million in 2018. While it's unclear if he will find a new deal for next season within that range, it appears the 29-year-old at least wants one more shot to get paid. Dallas did not release him until mid-April, nearly a month after the new league year began. By that point, his market was limited, as any team that had a need at receiver likely already filled the hole.

Signing a one-year deal would give Bryant a chance to prove he still has plenty left in the tank and hit the market when free agency begins in 2019.

Last season, the 6'2", 225-pound receiver caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that Bryant is not expected to sign with a team until after this week's draft.

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