A number of big-name receivers may be cap casualties in 2018, including Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who could be on his way out of Dallas. Is Bryant the red-zone threat the San Francisco 49ers are looking for this offseason?
Bryant has failed to live up to the $70 million contract he signed after his 16-touchdown 2014 season, which was his last full season with quarterback Tony Romo. In 2015, Bryant was limited to just 401 yards and three scores over nine games. With rookie quarterback Dak Prescott under center the following year, Bryant caught just 50 passes for less than 800 yards.
Coming off an 838-yard, six-touchdown 2017 season, there’s little chance Bryant plays for the Cowboys in 2018 under his current contract, which carries a $16.5 million price tag. With Bryant currently unwilling to take a pay cut, the Cowboys may be forced to trade or cut their top receiver.
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On paper, Bryant would be a perfect addition for a 49ers team that struggled in the red-zone in 2017. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Bryant does most of his damage in tight spaces, creating separation with strength as opposed to speed.
Although he may no longer be a true No. 1 receiver, Bryant can be trusted to win one-on-one battles when isolated in the end zone — something the 49ers lacked in 2017.
Of course, Bryant comes with his share of problems, both on and off the field. WIth a locker room that appears to be in unity, 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan would need to assess whether Bryant’s risk is worth the reward.
The San Francisco 49ers are sure to add multiple weapons for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. What do you think about the potential addition of wide receiver Dez Bryant? Sound off here in the comments section or on Twitter @cgawilson.