Wit­ten pre­dicts ex-team­mate Bryant will sign with Pack­ers

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - BY DREW DAV­I­SON

Dez Bryant to the Green Bay Pack­ers?

Don’t rule it out. Ja­son Wit­ten, the long­time Dal­las Cow­boys tight end turned Mon­day Night Foot­ball an­a­lyst, pre­dicted that is where Bryant will play in 2018.

“I think he’s go­ing to end up go­ing to the Green Bay Pack­ers,” said Wit­ten, ap­pear­ing on The Adam Schefter Pod­cast. “I think that’s a great spot for him. Aaron Rodgers, he throws that back­shoul­der throw so well, and Dez (can have) great chem­istry with a good quar­ter­back that can put the ball wher­ever he wants.”

Bryant re­mains one of the big­gest names on the free-agent mar­ket af­ter the Cow­boys cut him last month. Bryant re­port­edly turned down an of­fer from the Bal­ti­more Ravens, but other suit­ors haven’t emerged.

Bryant stated a de­sire to stay within the NFC East shortly af­ter his re­lease, but a pos­si­ble mar­riage with the Pack­ers makes sense.

Bryant has re­gressed since sign­ing a five-year ex­ten­sion with the Cow­boys be­fore the 2015 sea­son, fail­ing to reach the 1,000-yard mark and dou­ble-digit touch­downs in the past three sea­sons. But the Cow­boys’ all-time leader in re­ceiv­ing touch­downs is still a jump-ball threat in the end zone, and teams are al­ways look­ing for more ways to score.

Of course, the un­der­ly­ing sto­ry­line if Bryant ends up go­ing to Green Bay is the in­fa­mous catch/ no catch in the 2014 di­vi­sional round.

Other teams listed among the fa­vorites to land Bryant, ac­cord­ing to Bo­vada, in­clude the Hous­ton Tex­ans, New York Gi­ants, Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, Carolina Pan­thers and New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.

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Wide re­ceiver Dez Bryant re­mains a free agent af­ter the Dal­las Cow­boys cut him last month.

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