Russell: Redskins should say 'hell no!' to signing Dez Bryant

Chris Russell
September 11, 2018 - 6:26 am

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The Redskins are 1-0, but need help at wide receiver. Already. Dez Bryant is open to playing for them

The Redskins should continue to say hell no!

Here's why they shouldn't sign him.

Dez Bryant is a loud-mouth, self-absorbed, semi-delusional talent, who at this point would do a better job hosting a talk show on 106.7 The Fan than being a positive part of the Redskins offense.

His bark is bigger than his bite.

Sure, Bryant played 16 games last year for the Cowboys with 69 receptions (132 targets), 838 yards and six touchdowns. Statistically, he could help a team, and he could help Washington's banged up and uninspiring group.

But at what cost? Bryant does not seem even close to being desperate enough to take a minimum-salary deal with no guarantees like Adrian Peterson did. Yes, clearly there are age and other differences between the two players.

His mouth, his Twitter fingers and his name make him almost impossible to sign, and for damn sure somebody you cannot root for.

Say what you want about Peterson's difficult past, and Bryant does not bring that kind of baggage, but Bryant does bring a torrential storm of controversy with him. In the locker room, in the building and on the sidelines.

Bryant says he loves Jerry Jones, but has voiced his frustrations with Jason Garrett and the Cowboys coaching staff over his role and their decision to let him go.

Hey, Dez: Why would you think Jay Gruden would want to take on somebody who is still trying to take out his former field boss?

Bryant lacks the ability to consistently separate from defenders – averaging only 2.4. yards of separation in 2017 – and led the league with nine drops last season.  If you lack separation, you better catch the football.

Even with Maurice Harris still banged up, and rookies Trey Quinn and Cam Sims suffering high-ankle sprains, according to head coach Jay Gruden on Monday, the Redskins should look elsewhere.

Bryant simply wants revenge against Garrett and company, and while that would be a fun storyline for weeks that the two teams play each other, what kind of damage would Dez cause at other times?

The Redskins have also not had any recent success signing former Cowboys players, striking out with Orlando Scandrick, Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher and Tashard Choice. That well is dry – put a cover on it.

Jeremy Maclin is still out there. So is Brian Quick, who the Redskins cut before the season. Another former Cowboys receiver, Brice Butler, is capable of stretching the field and remains unsigned. All of those choices are better fits than Bryant.

Why? Because they shut up and give you what they have. It may not be as good as Dez in his prime or Bryant right now, but it's better than the dirty laundry Dez would bring to Ashburn. 

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