Dez Bryant to Carolina Panthers? Here's what our sources told us

Dez Bryant to Carolina Panthers? Here's what our sources told us

Javier Howell
April 14, 2018

We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization.

The New York Giants have always been in the market for another receiver to go along with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and that's compounded by Brandon Marshall's somewhat murky future.

Bryant's future had been the biggest topic of the Cowboys' offseason because of his $12.5 million base salary and $16.5 million salary-cap figure. The addition of the former Cowboy would add a much needed veteran presence to a fairly young receiving group, and with $47 million in cap space, they could afford him without a doubt.

Bryant reacted on Twitter after the meeting at Cowboys headquarters was finished.

It was specualted that, upon his release, Bryant told Jones he would be seeing the Cowboys twice a year. Two years later, he began to establish himself as one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL.

Bryant caught six touchdowns a year ago, though rumors of his dropping off could be explained by a shift to quarterback Dak Prescott. There is a strong belief that Bryant has not lived up to the expectations of his 5-year $70 million extension he signed in 2016. It was also the first year of the Cowboys not having Tony Romo under center.

Injuries were the main reason for his decline, starting with a broken foot in the 2015 season opener.

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Bryant hasn't eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving since 2014, but there should be a market for the receiver.

The Cowboys have been paying Bryant like an elite receiver but his production has been far from elite.

Jerry Jones, he loves me to death and I love him too.

"He will always be a valued member of our family", Jones said in his statement. "I'm sorry they got to feel me it's personal... it's very personal", Bryant tweeted. I'm not talking about no players, because all of the players, we A1, you know that's one thing that we did. He then pointed out living at that number would leave the Cowboys short in other areas of need. This could be the case for Bryant who would want to come into a new situation and prove that he can fit in and produce at a high level.

Bryant turns 30 in November. Patterson is a return specialist while both Britt and Dorsett likely factor in somewhere on those special units as well.

The arrow, as Jones is fond of saying, was pointing down. Bryant has been adamant all offseason that he had no intention of taking a pay cut.

Only teams in the NFC East are guaranteed to face the Cowboys twice in the 2018 National Football League season. In his eight-year stint with the Cowboys, Bryant caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns.