Report: Dez Bryant Not of Interest to Many Teams Even at League Minimum Contract

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 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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Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant is reportedly not high on the priority list for many teams around the NFL after the Dallas Cowboys released him.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk cited a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN which said "far more" teams don't want to pay Bryant even the league minimum salary than do. Smith noted Bryant previously turned down a three-year deal worth approximately $21 million from the Baltimore Ravens, but he reportedly isn't generating that type of interest in many other places.

Bryant is just 29 years old, but he has suffered a significant drop in production in recent seasons.

The three-time Pro Bowler was one of the best receivers in the league at one point and tallied more than 1,200 receiving yards three straight years from 2012 to 2014. He also had 41 combined touchdown catches during that span.

However, his 838 receiving yards in 2017 were his highest mark in each of the last three seasons, and he hasn't reached double-digit touchdown catches since 2014.

Bryant's lack of production may not be the only thing holding offers back, as Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reported the receiver had "a spiraling relationship with the front office and some members of head coach Jason Garrett's staff" during his time in Dallas.

Despite the reported lack of interest, the receiver tweeted, "If I didn't have my edge I got it now," after the Cowboys released him.

He appears to be particularly motivated heading into the 2018 campaign, but there apparently isn't much interest around the league at this point.