Report: WR Bryant turned down multi-year deal with Ravens

Dez Bryant seems to be in no hurry to sign elsewhere following his release by the Dallas Cowboys.

The star wideout reportedly declined a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens, according to Dallas based reporter Ed Werder.

Bryant apparently would prefer to sign a lucrative one-year deal, then prove himself on the field and lock up a monster deal as a free agent in 2019.

“Source: Former #Cowboys WR Dez Bryant turned down a multi-year offer from the #Ravens. He apparently wants a big 1-year deal and chance to secure bigger long-term contract as a UFA from beginning in 2019,” Werder tweeted.

The Ravens decided not to give Bryant a one-year offer, opting instead to sign New Orleans Saints restricted free agent wideout Willie Snead to a two-year offer sheet. The Saints chose not to match, making Snead a Raven, and Baltimore is reportedly no longer interested in Bryant.

After signing a five-year, $70 million extension in July of 2015, Bryant was limited to 150 catches for 2,035 yards and 17 scores across three seasons, missing 10 games over that span due to injury. He totaled 273 catches for 3,935 yards and 41 scores over the previous three seasons while playing in every game. The Cowboys released him on April 13.

Bryant told 247Sports.com last week that his decision “won’t be about the money.” He also reflected on his exit from Dallas, saying there were things he could have done differently.

“I should’ve been better at controlling my emotions,” Bryant said. “I should’ve been a better professional. I said I was going to work on that and that’s what I am doing.

“…(But) football means everything to me. I come from nothing. Football gave me life. It gave my family life. … It’s the love of my life.”

–Field Level Media

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