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."
At least one Jet is on baord with Bryant, as S Jamal Adams called for the team to sign him.
The Jets are deep at wide receiver, but have questions at the top -- with Quincy Enunwa returning from a neck injury and Robby Anderson's continued off-the-field issues.
The Jets had entered free agency with as much cap space as anyone -- nearly $100 million -- and even after failing to land a quarterback who would've eaten up a third of that amount, they still stayed far away from the wide receiver market.
What does that tell you?
That pursuing Dez Bryant doesn't fit into their plans. Nor should it. They should -- and will -- stay far, far away.
There's no doubt Bryant is a talented receiver with tantalizing size (6-2, 220). And if this were the Bryant of four years ago, when he was coming off a three-year stretch where he averaged over 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns, signing him would be a no-brainer for everyone.
Of course if he were still that player, the Cowboys never would have cut him, even at age 29. They are a team that thinks it's on the verge of a Super Bowl, with a young star quarterback and running back. Yet they let him go instead of trying to just reduce his $12.5 million salary by restructuring his deal or just offering him a pay cut, even though they don't have anyone resembling a No. 1 receiver on their roster.
Why? Because he's not the same player that he was in 2014. And a few months ago Cowboys VP Stephen Jones admitted Bryant was a "distraction" at times, based on his sideline antics and all the other controversies that come along with him.
The Jets are trying to get younger. They are trying to have a better locker room. Bryant doesn't help them with either one. And if they felt they needed a receiver, there were plenty of other options on the market that were very affordable to them. They actually like their receiving corps with Jermaine Kearse, a hopefully healthy Enunwa and Anderson (pending his possible suspension. They signed Terrelle Pryor, who may turn out to be a bargain. And they have high hopes for ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen, last year's third- and fourth-round picks.
Bryant would only get in the way of all that and might even mess up the Jets' rebuilt locker room chemistry. He's the kind of a guy a team on the verge of contention takes a chance on, not a team that's still growing and a few years away.