Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant kicked off his team visits with a trip to Cleveland on Thursday. According to several reports around the league, the visit concluded late Friday morning with no deal in place but talks continue between the Browns and Bryant’s agent, Kim Miale.
According to Browns reporter Mary Kay Cabot, the visit was “good” and “both sides were impressed.” Cabot also reported that expectations surrounding the visit did not include the signing of a contract on Thursday and that, from the get-go, it was more of an opportunity for Bryant to get acquainted with the Browns’ front office and facilities.
Bryant tweeted out during last week’s pre-season opener that he would be visiting Browns general manager John Dorsey after stirring up rumours of his interest in Cleveland through tweets directed at members of the team during the airing of HBO’s Hard Knocks and interacting with Browns fans excited by the prospect of him signing.
Bryant, 29, is reportedly looking for a one-year deal and an opportunity to prove that he’s still capable of contributing to an NFL offence. Now a few years removed from his dominant production from 2012-2014, Bryant tallied 69 receptions, 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 16 games for the Cowboys last season before being released by the club in April.
With Corey Coleman out of the lineup following a trade to Buffalo, the Browns have an opening opposite Josh Gordon (upon his return) to complement the rest of the receiving core that includes Jarvis Landry, rookie Anthony Callaway and tight end David Njoku.