CLEVELAND -- Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant is coming to Cleveland…at least for a visit with general manager John Dorsey.
After it was reported that Dorsey said Bryant “won’t return any of my calls” prior to kickoff of the Cleveland Browns’ preseason opener against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium Thursday night, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver responded swiftly on Twitter.
“Starting my visits next week…” Bryant tweeted. “I’m coming to the Land to see you, Mr. Dorsey.”
Before confirming that he “actually did talk with Mr. Dorsey,” Bryant tweeted about his interest in joining the Browns.
That message was followed several other tweets about the Browns-Giants game, including a congratulations message to wide receiver Jarvis Landry after his 32-yard reception from starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, one about New York rookie rusher Saquon Barkley starting the game with a 39-yard run and one about the Browns’ first touchdown drive.
Following the premiere episode of the HBO Sports miniseries, “Hard Knocks,” Tuesday night, Bryant tweeted his support of Landry delivering a passionate, albetit Not-Safe-For-Work, speech in the wide receivers room, saying “Yea Juice!!!..gave me chills man!!! I love this.”
Landry was quick to respond, saying “Ride With Me.”
Over 113 games, including 99 starts during his eight years with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant caught 531 of the 909 passes thrown his way and turned those receptions into 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. He caught 101 passes of at least 20 yards and 27 that went for 40 or more yards for the Cowboys.
Additionally, Bryant turned 356 of his 531 receptions (67 percent) into first downs and committed just eight fumbles during his tenure in Dallas.
During his final season with the Cowboys, Bryant caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns to go along with eight 20-yard receptions, two 40-yard catches and 44 first downs.
Bryant’s three best seasons came from 2012 to 2014, where he caught 92, 93 and 88 passes for 1,382, 1,233 and 1,320 yards, respectively. Over that three-year period, Bryant caught 12, 13 and 16 touchdown passes, respectively, and each of those totals set new single-season career bests for the 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Galveston County, Texas and product of Lufkin High School.
The Browns are thin at wide receiver right now, as Josh Gordon is working on personal matters away from the team and their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Corey Coleman, was traded to the Buffalo Bills Sunday night following a lackluster start to training camp that was featured in a segment on “Hard Knocks.”
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