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Report: Browns consider bringing in Dez Bryant

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said the organization has discussed free agent Dez Bryant. (Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns have not shied away from buzz ahead of the 2018 season. They selected high-profile quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick. They are the subject of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

But could they do more to create buzz? Apparently so.

On Wednesday, Cleveland.com’s Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reported general manager John Dorsey said Cleveland has “discussed bringing in Dez Bryant.” The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver has been a free agent since he was released in April.


Dorsey’s comment comes a day after Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said he would miss training camp to take care of his overall health and treatment plan.” Gordon missed the 2015 season due to a violation of the league substance-abuse policy. He also missed the 2016 season but returned in 2017 and played five games.

At age 27, Gordon is expected to be back in 2018. Dorsey said Gordon could be back “soon.”

“It could mean many things,” Dorsey said of “soon,” according to cleveland.com. “A month, 3, days, 10 days, 30 days…. Let’s see what it is.”

Bryant, who has not caught more than 10 touchdowns in a season since 2014, has played eight years in the NFL. He has also made three Pro Bowls.

“Have we had discussions about Dez Bryant? Yeah, that’s natural,” Dorsey told cleveland.com. “You’re going to have discussions like that. Now, we’ll see what comes to fruition in the next couple days, but we’ve talked about it. You have to talk about these things.”


Dorsey said Wednesday he has spent time around Bryant. The general manager attended Bryant’s pro day workout years ago when he was a prospect coming out of Oklahoma State.

“I know what kind of person he is and what makes him,” Dorsey told Cleveland.com. “He’s a very talented player.”

Will the Browns make a splash like this, creating more buzz for an organization that has lacked its fair share over the past few years? Regardless, the Browns intrigue will heighten ahead of the Aug.  7 “Hard Knocks” air date.

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