Ravens Want To Sign Dez Bryant To Bolster Receiver Corps

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Even still, Zrebiec reports, those signings didn't spell the end of Baltimore's pursuit of receivers: the team met with Cameron Meredith, who ended up signing with the Saints, and submitted a bid on Allen Hurns, who wound up signing with the Cowboys, ostensibly as a supplement to Bryant.

The Dallas Cowboys, as was inevitable as long as he would not take a pay cut, released Dez Bryant last Friday.

The Baltimore Ravens have been busy completely overhauling their wide receiving corps this offseason.

The Ravens were interested in drafting Bryant out of Oklahoma State in 2010, but he was taken with the 24th pick by the Cowboys ahead of Baltimore at No. 25. A deal for Washington Redskins free agent Ryan Grant was reached, but rescinded when he failed his physical with the team. After exploring several options, they've added veterans John Brown as well as Michael Crabtree, whom they picked up shortly after his release from the Oakland Raiders.

Zrebiec notes that it's uncertain if the interest is mutual.

While Bryant could be affirming Burleson's belief that Bryant wants to play somewhere like the Giants where he would play with other great wide receivers, the far more likely reality is that Bryant is acknowledging that cooler heads must prevail, and that his desire to stay in the NFC East is an emotional one that needs to be reconsidered. If that fails, he intends to sign with a team based on need, rather than money.

Bryant, heading toward his 30th birthday (Nov. 4) and looking like a diminished receiver over the last couple seasons, should see the Ravens as an ideal spot. His 12.1 yards per reception was the lowest of his career. He caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns receptions in 16 games a year ago.