Dez Bryant‘s free agency stay has surpassed the 40-day mark, and the NFC East teams he announced were at the top of his list have yet to show interest in him.
It’s possible Bryant is willing to turn his attention elsewhere now that OTAs are in full swing. The eight-year wide receiver stirred the pot a bit on Instagram recently, responding to a question (h/t NinersNation.com) about what team he now wanted to play for in 2018 with “49ers.”
Bryant quickly deleted this reply, and the 49ers have not shown any known interest in him. But this response represents the latest clue from a player whose market resides in an interesting place.
A somewhat recent report suggested teams are not eager to sign the mercurial pass-catcher, whom the Cowboys cut three years into a five-year contract. In addition to the NFC East teams, the Packers have also kept the 29-year-old target at arm’s length. The Ravens have been the only known Bryant suitor, and he turned down their offer.
As for the 49ers, they already have a veteran possession-type wideout in Pierre Garcon. And Kyle Shanahan did not mince words earlier this offseason when he discussed the team’s reluctance toward overpaying for wide receiver help. They weren’t interested in this year’s top free agents, and Bryant is much older than both Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson. San Francisco also added Dante Pettis and sixth-rounder Richie James in this year’s draft.
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