Three reasons the Eagles should sign Dez
Now I know what you’re thinking. Should the Eagles sign Dez Bryant? Of course not he’s a former Dallas Cowboy and would cause problems and attract too much drama. Now the Philly fan in some might turn their nose up at the thought of Bryant wearing midnight green but the longer he remains a free agent the better it could become. I will give you three reasons why the Eagles should definitely sign Bryant before the season starts.
1. Revenge is sweet
Bryant has made it clear he would love the opportunity to matchup against his former team twice a year. He would also love to play for a contender. Of course, signing with the Eagles would give him the opportunity to do both. The Oklahoma State alum spent eight seasons in the lone star state racking up 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. The 73 touchdowns are a Cowboys record.
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There had been talks earlier in the offseason of Dez potentially joining either the Redskins or the Giants but nothing materialized. The Eagles who although don’t have a need at receiver could certainly find room for a three-time pro bowler. Bryant would be able to get his revenge and also become another weapon for Carson Wentz.
2. Adding an elite talent
With just 17 days until the season opener time is running out for the former first-round pick to find a home. At this stage in the offseason, it’s almost unheard of to have a player the caliber of Bryant’s still available. Imagine an Eagles offense with the likes of Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, and Bryant.
He'll #ThrowUpTheX somewhere else next season.
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Add a healthy Wentz with Jay Ajayi and Dallas Goedert and I ask you how can you stop that offense. Jeffery and Bryant on the outside would be a nightmare. Two tall physical receivers that can go up and get it. Once in the red zone, there would be endless possibilities.
3. Dez at a bargain
Bryant has been a free agent for four months and counting. This late in the offseason he’s not going to receive a lucrative contract. The Eagles would be able to bring Bryant in on a year deal to see what he has left. Still just 29 years old I know the former Cowboy has a lot left in the tank.
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This situation could turn out to be a win-win for the Eagles. Sign Bryant to a one year deal if he does great you gain a top caliber wide receiver who can only add to a dominant offense. If he underperforms it’s just a one-year rental and you move on after the season.
Should Howie make the move?
Whether or not Howie actually makes the move remains to be seen. While it seems unlikely there actually is a reason to put some thought into it. The Eagles receiving core has suffered a rash of injuries. Jeffery’s status for week one remains up in the air. Agholor is working to be ready for week one after suffering a lower-body injury.
Current injured #Eagles wide receivers: Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, Kamar Aiken, Bryce Treggs, Markus Wheaton
Current healthy #Eagles wide receivers: Mike Wallace, Rashard Davis, Greg Ward Jr., DeAndre Carter, Anthony Mahoungou, Tim Wilson
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Of the other Eagles, receivers both Bryce Treggs and Markus Wheaton were looking to push for a roster spot, but unfortunately, both suffered injuries ending their preseasons. Add in that Mack Hollins is also injured and so far through two preseason games, the receivers haven’t looked promising. The lone bright spot has been Shelton Gibson and even he suffered an injury last week but was able to shake it off and return.
Keep these three reasons in mind as the season is now just over two weeks away. Should the Eagles pass on Bryant they certainly have enough firepower to win the Super Bowl again but why not add a proven playmaker if you can. Bryant was in Cleveland for a visit this week but left without a contract. The only other team who showed serious interest was the Baltimore Ravens but Bryant decided to turn down their multi-year deal offer.
Worth the drama?
We all remember where we were when Dez dropped it. After the Cowboys released Dez he got into a twitter war with fans and explained what was happening. He called Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee “Snake Lee” and also called out guard Travis Frederick. You also have to remember his battles with Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. Should the Eagles bring in Dez they have to keep all this in mind. With that said given these three reasons is Dez worth it?
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