Before the 2010 season it appeared that wide receiver Dez Bryant was a big part of the future for the Dallas Cowboys. Despite what was a promising rookie season at times, Bryant also suffered injuries and missed meetings.
Bryant finished the season with 45 receptions for 561 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.
Despite being immensely talented, Bryant dropped to 24th in the draft and the Cowboys gladly snagged him. Since then Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been effusive in his praise for Bryant’s talent and potential.
In spite of all of Jones’ praise, a member of the Cowboys’ front office said he would consider trading Bryant this offseason. That came after former Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton went on a radio show and let loose about the rookie. Here’s what he had to say:
“They let him get away with a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff. Hopefully whoever they bring in as receivers coach, and they say (Jason) Garrett is a disciplinarian, won’t let him get away with so much stuff. He’ll get locked down and hopefully be the next Michael Irvin.”
Other sources within the organization have claimed that Bryant was constantly late to meetings early in the season and didn’t really learn the playbook as well as he probably could have.
Cowboys’ vice president Stephen Jones denied any interest in trading the talented young receiver, but if that’s just public posturing, who would be interested in making a move for Bryant?
A team like the Kansas City Chiefs or New England Patriots could both use a receiver and the Patriots have both the 17th and 28th picks to trade, plus two second and third round pics as well. They’d easily be able to make a move for Bryant if they wanted him and the Cowboys were willing to move him.
This is all speculation at this point obviously and it’d be hard to see the Cowboys giving up on him this early. But it is clear that Jason Garrett isn’t going to take any crap from his players and maybe Jerry Jones would be willing to move Bryant to pick up some extra draft picks.
We’ll keep you updated on this one.