Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said Thursday he called Dez Bryant to ask him to come in for a workout, but that Bryant hadn’t returned his calls.
A little while later, Bryant did the next best thing, taking to Twitter to tell Dorsey, as well as his 3.5 million followers, that he wouldn’t mind playing for the Browns but isn’t not “ready” yet.
Starting my visits next week…I’m coming to the Land to see you Mr Dorsey
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 10, 2018
For real… I wouldn’t mind playing for the browns.. I just want to be right first https://t.co/svDXxKKYkg
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 9, 2018
Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler, was released in April after an eight-year Cowboys run in which he became the franchise leader in touchdown receptions. He turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens, ESPN reported, in hopes of getting a bigger long-term deal in 2019.
Dorsey said he wants to bring in a group of receivers next week to help fortify a position where the Browns have taken some hits. On Sunday, they traded Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills, then Antonio Callaway, a fourth-round pick who was expected to take Coleman’s place, was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.
Callaway had numerous off-field problems while he was at Florida and is already in Stage 1 of the NFL’s substance-abuse program after he provided a diluted urine sample at the league’s combine in February. Callaway traveled with the team and is expected to play Thursday night in the Browns game against the New York Giants.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon voluntarily left the team as part of his aftercare in the NFL’s drug addiction treatment program, and the Browns are not sure ewhen he will returns. Backup Ricardo Louis will miss the season after having neck surgery.