Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he is uncertain as to why wide receiver Dez Bryant has yet to sign with another team.
Bryant, who was released by the Cowboys on April 13, reportedly turned down a deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Aside from that and writing — and quickly deleting — a post that had the San Francisco 49ers as his preferred destination, it’s been pretty quiet on that front for the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
“I am sure Dez is being thoughtful,” Jones said on Tuesday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I don’t know the details as to why he hasn’t picked a home. I am sure he is being very thoughtful about it. I am sure he has good people talking to him too. I am sure at the end of the day he is being thoughtful about what his next steps should be. I am sure he is working hard. No one is rooting for Dez more than we are.”
Jones also shared that teams have inquired about Bryant of late.
“You know at the (NFL owners) meetings I have had different conversations about him,” Jones said. “At the Competition Committee meeting, some of the coaches there speak to it. I’m sure other coaches have called our coaches and wanted input on him.
“The greatest thing about Dez is he is a fierce competitor. I think he is now more driven and more competitive than he has ever been. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Bryant, who spent eight seasons with the Cowboys, had a team-leading 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns with Dallas in 2017. The 29-year-old has gone a career-worst 23 regular-season games without a 100-yard performance.
Since signing a five-year, $70 million contract in 2015, Bryant has failed to record a 1,000-yard season or reel in more than eight touchdown receptions in a season.
Bryant was a touchdown machine in the first half of his career with the Cowboys, hauling in 41 scoring passes in a three-season span, capped by a career-high 16 in 2014. He was named a First-Team All-Pro selection that year.
During that spectacular run from 2012-14, Bryant also averaged 91 receptions and put up at least 1,233 receiving yards in each of those seasons.