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Split between Dez Bryant & Dallas Cowboys has been rather short on acrimony

The drama came on a day in which the NFL Network reported that Bryant and the Cleveland Browns have mutual interest and are working to schedule a visit, perhaps as early Monday -- or sooner.


Reuters Last Updated at 28 Jul 2018, 07:07 IST United States

The drama began after SiriusXM NFL Radio tweeted a line from an interview with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones on Friday that reportedly read, "Stephen Jones on Dak (Prescott) improving: Dak is working on his game & accuracy. He has to trust the system. I think that was tough last year with Dez Bryant in his ear. I think he'll have the year he had last year if not better!"

The tweet apparently lacked context and the words in their entirety, as it was deleted and replaced with one that read, "He's gotta trust the system, which at times last year, there was pressure.. with Dez in his ear and to some degree Jason in his ear. Those great players want the ball." The outlet then released another tweet which contained what it called the "full quote on the biggest strides he would like to see Dak Prescott make in year three" and clarifying the Jason to whom Jones referred is retired tight end, Jason Witten.

But after the original tweet, Bryant responded with a series of tweets explaining his side of the breakup, and he wasn't shy about naming names. His first tweet, which was a direct reply to the original SiriusXM NFL Radio tweet, read, "Here we go with that scapegoat. I charged everything to the game and went the other way... Y'all know what the real problem is .. don't put it on me with that.. garbage play calling.. Everybody lined up in the same spot for 17 weeks.."

He then called Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "clueless" and seemed to imply that Cowboys center Travis Frederick and linebacker Sean Lee were in on Bryant getting released, even calling Lee "my brother snake Lee I mean Sean Lee" and saying of the linebacker, "I got cut.. he was the first to know.. I find out he was also behind it."

The drama came on a day in which the NFL Network reported that Bryant and the Cleveland Browns have mutual interest and are working to schedule a visit, perhaps as early Monday -- or sooner.

Brown's general manager John Dorsey told reporters Wednesday that the team was considering Bryant as it looks for another wideout with Josh Gordon absent from the team for personal reasons.

"I know what kind of person he is and what makes him," Dorsey said of Bryant. "He's a very talented player. Have we had discussions about Dez Bryant? Yeah, that's natural. You're going to have discussions like that. Now, we'll see what comes to fruition in the next couple days, but we've talked about it. You have to talk about these things."

NFL Network reported earlier this week that Bryant is being choosy about his next stop after declining a three-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens this spring.

Released by the Cowboys in April, Bryant, 29, has not received great interest on the open market. His production declined in 2017 when he posted 69 receptions for 838 yards, and he lasted topped 1,000 yards in 2014 when he recorded a career-best 16 touchdown catches.

Gordon announced Monday he wouldn't be reporting to camp as scheduled, citing personal reasons. Dorsey said he did not know whether Gordon's absence would be short or long term but added he expects Gordon to be with the team at least part of 2018.

Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Gordon to the NFL last fall. The wideout had been suspended by Goodell for violating the league's substance abuse policy at the end of the 2014 season.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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