Free-agent WR Dez Bryant continues to hint that he wants to stay in the NFC East, and the Giants may very well be the team he wants to sign with.
"The Giants got a helluva defense, they're going to pay OBJ (Odell Beckham Jr.)" Bryant told Mike Fisher of CBS Sports on Monday. "Playing with him, Sterling (Shepard) ... the tight end (Evan Engram), (QB Eli) Manning? Crazy. They draft (Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick)? That'd be crazy!''
Bryant also discussed the potential of joining the Texans and Rams, though Fisher views the Giants as Bryant's top choice.
Bryant, who the Cowboys cut ties last week, reportedly said after being released that he will see his former team twice next season. He followed that up saying, "I won't say any teams, but being in the division, that's a huge possibility. ...That's something that I want."
Earlier on Monday, during NFL Network's Good Morning Football show, panelist and former NFL WR Nate Burleson said that if Bryant wants to truly stay in division to get revenge on the Cowboys twice a year, he should go to the Giants.
"I don't like this, I don't like the idea of it because I feel like it's more of a passion decision," Burleson said. "It's not really based off of logic. But if it is going to happen, then I say go to the Giants."
Bryant, who has been very active on Twitter since his release, shared the video saying Burleson was spot on in his speculation. But his decision is "still up in the air."
Burleson went further in depth as to why the Giants would be Bryant's best fit, primarily focusing on the prospect of playing alongside star WR Odell Beckham Jr. and company.
"I would love to see Dez, Odell [Beckham Jr.], Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, I would love to see just the more passionate group of wide receivers also with the young tight end play," Burleson said. "I feel like this could be something special."
Burleson finished saying the Redskins, who could be in the mix to sign Bryant, doesn't make sense after paying free-agent WR Paul Richardson a five-year, $40 million contract this offseason.
"I don't like the Redskins. You know, let Paul Richardson do his thing. He's the No. 1 right now," he said. "They paid him to be that. Let's not muddy the waters up there."
It is also worth noting that Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt -- the other two panelists on the show -- think Bryant should go elsewhere. Schrager said the Redskins, while Brandt thinks he should look for the best opportunity with a veteran quarterback.
Why does Burleson believe the Giants is the best fit for Bryant? It isn't because he would be the No. 1 receiver, which is obviously Beckham's role. Instead, having teams draw attention to Beckham could open the door for Bryant to have a comeback season.
"He understands if he signs with the Giants, you're not going to be the No. 1," Burleson explained. "But you can be a damn good No. 2. Oh, and not to mention if you're a wide receiver that people think fell off, go play with a guy that's going to get a ton of attention. Now Dez Bryant is facing No. 2, No. 3 [defensive backs] which means that's easy lunch for a guy like Dez."
A three-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro in his career, Bryant saw his numbers decline with Dak Prescott taking over for Tony Romo. Bryant totaled 796 yards and eight touchdowns on 50 receptions in 2016, and 838 yards and six touchdowns on 69 catches last season.
Bryant was due $12.5 million next season with the Cowboys. The Giants currently have about $4.8 million of cap space, per Over The Cap.