According to the gambling website mybookie.ag, the Patriots have the 2nd best odds to sign Dez Bryant at +400. They are just behind the Jaguars at +200 and tied with the Browns.
These odds are surprising considering the Patriots still have no rumored interest in Bryant, but the numbers could be motivated more so by the desire on Bryant's part to sign with a good team. Bryant reportedly has an offer on the table from the Cleveland Browns for 1-year supposedly worth less than $5 million, but he has chosen to wait for other offers before deciding whether or not to accept it.
Bryant has even come out this week and indicated that he is willing to wait until later in the season to sign in order to find the right opportunity. Bryant was also rumored to have turned down a multiyear deal from the Baltimore Ravens much earlier in the offseason. The reason reported for Bryant declining the Ravens offer was that he prefers a 1-year deal so that he can re-establish himself as one of the top receivers in the NFL and then hit the open market again next offseason for a bigger pay day.
One Boston media member has speculated that the Patriots may just be waiting until the regular season starts to sign Bryant in order to save money and NFL analyst Geoff Schwartz stated this week that he still believes Bryant will eventually sign with the Patriots.
Despite their apparent lack of interest, Bryant would be somewhat of a seamless fit in the Patriots offense. Comeback routes and slant routes have always been staples of Bryant's game (both of which are heavily utilized routes in the Patriots passing attack) and it's not hard to envision him playing similarly to how Chris Hogan and Brandon Lafell have played in recent years.
Bryant currently has no further scheduled meetings.
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