As Dez Bryant was let go from the Dallas Cowboys, the rumors began as to where he could possibly go. Naturally, the Houston Texans were one of the possible destinations.
Here are three reason why the Texans should not go after Bryant.
Age catching up
Bryant has long been one of the premier wideouts in the league. The three year stretch from 2012-2014 where he averaged more than 1200 yards per season and more than 10 TD passes shows how great he has been.
Keyword there, has, Bryant’s last three season have not been elite in any way. He has failed to reach the 1000 yard mark and has not been as much as a factor as he once was.
Part of that decline can be explained, as some will, by the arrival of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. These two have changed the offense to relying less on long throws and leaning more on the running game with Prescott distributing the ball equally among the receivers.
Another possible reason could be age. Bryant, 29, is a physically imposing athlete and as his physical gifts wane, his ability to adjust has not been up to par. Betting on a player that demands touches at that age could be a mistake in the long run.
Bryant is a person with ego, and he believes he should be paid what he’s worth. If that is anywhere near his pay at Dallas, then it is excessive.
With DeAndre Hopkins on the team, there is already a number on receiver on the team who is considered top-three player in his position. With 32 million in cap space, the Texans are is good position to sign anyone, that includes someone with a cheaper price tag, less mileage, and more usefulness.
The front office will make a decision on how to use the money available, but spending money on a declining player is not the best move for a team hoping to contend in the coming years.
Bryant is an offensive threat on any team, but that is if he is the focal point. He was the Cowboys’ best offensive option for many years, and with Tony Romo, formed a great two-man game. As his physical ability decreases, he will have to accept less responsibility on the team.
As Prescott and Zeke, showed, the Cowboys could function without making Bryant their primary target. Last season, with Zeke out for major part, Bryant was targeted 132 times, well in range of his averages in the Pro-Bowl seasons, yet his receptions did not pick up. Part of that was his inability to create enough space against defenders.
With the Texans, he would be one many options after Hopkins’ ability and Deshaun Watson‘s decision making. That could be a problem for a player who still sees himself as a franchise type player.
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