For those of you who still have some interest in the Dez Bryant saga and where the former Dallas Cowboys star may eventually sign, the New England Patriots may be the most logical destination for the maligned wide receiver.
There have been several teams linked to Bryant, including the Baltimore Ravens, but no organization has struck a deal with the 29-year-old pass catcher. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he still presents a veteran presence on a team that needs a solid wide receiver. Bryant may be past his prime or my have overpriced himself in the free agent market, but at some point, he will reach a deal with an NFL team.
The Patriots seem to be the best fit for him. It’s a position Tanya Ray Fox explores on patriotswire.com.
“In an alternate timeline not far removed from the one in which we currently exist, Dez Bryant has won two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. Instead, that life belongs to Devin McCourty, who was taken 27th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft – three spots after the Cowboys drafted Bryant with the pick they’d just acquire from the Patriots.”
The Patriots lost Danny Amendola to the Miami Dolphins and traded Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams but added Kenny Britt from the Rams and Cordarrelle Patterson from the Minnesota Vikings. Bryant, who has issues in the past with his demeanor on the sideline and in the locker room, would be a perfect fit in head coach Bill Belichick’s kingdom.
And with the Patriots, Dez Bryant figures to be in the hunt for an elusive Super Bowl ring.
As Fox adds…Bryant had 838 receiving yards and six TDs last year. Entering his ninth NFL season, he is still one great quarterback away from being prolific again – and the last great QB he played with believes he is “misunderstood in a lot of ways.”
A Dez Bryant-Tom Brady combination would strike even more fear in AFC East secondaries and would likely become the go-to combination offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would look to in trying to reach Super Bowl XLIII.
It’s a combination that would be for the here and now, not the future of this franchise.
“This pairing would likely be a short-term solution for both parties, especially if Bryant wants to be paid anywhere close to what he’s being paid in Dallas,” Fox added. “However a year or two in New England before Brady retires would benefit the Patriots for obvious reasons, and would offer Bryant the easiest path to maximizing the back half of his career.”