WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.
Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.
"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."
The Giants have Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard currently pegged as their top-three starters, though there has been speculation that they could part ways with Marshall, who missed the majority of last season due to an ankle injury.
And if the Giants want to bring Bryant aboard, they would likely need to release Marshall or another player to clear money.
The idea that the Giants might pursue Dez Bryant, now that he has been released by the Cowboys, seems pretty ridiculous. But on his way out the door, he apparently told teammates "I'll see you twice this year," according to the Cowboys' website, and the Giants are one of the teams that will play the Cowboys twice, so here we are.
First of all: No. His NFC East reference almost certainly means he thinks he's heading to Washington, which has a history of collecting big-name free agents, whether they're washed up or not.
Secondly: The Giants right now don't have enough salary cap space to sign their own draft class, so this is a fantasy (and a bad one) anyway. Bryant surely doesn't want the NFL minimum since he would've been due $12.5 million this year. The Giants probably have to cut a player or two to sign their draft picks, so how many more do you think they'd be willing to cut to bring in a player in decline who will turn 30 next season, and who was labeled a "distraction" by the VP (Stephen Jones) of his previous team? Right. Not many.
Thirdly: If they want a big veteran receiver, they can just keep Marshall for less money (at this point he'd surely be OK with a pay cut) and less distractions. Plus, he already knows his way around the building, and he'd be more likely to accept his role as the fourth option in the passing game behind Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram.
So it's a nice story, and I'm sure some have a fantasy of a Beckham-Bryant pairing. But back in reality, it's hard to see where this makes any sense at all for the Giants, or any way for it to actually happen.