Former ESPN reporter Ed Werder today revealed that Bryant turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens because he's hoping to sign a big one-year deal with a chance to secure a more lucrative, long-term contract as an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Bryant likely will wait until after the NFL Draft to sign with a team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. If you're Bryant, it seems like a risky move to turn down that kind of money. Bryant is a good player and should have plenty left in the tank, but by essentially renting him for just a season, they'd be doing themselves no favors in the future.
Bryant was set to make $12.5 million this season. However, the team made a decision to sign restricted free agent Willie Snead away from New Orleans instead.
In addition to Crabtree and Snead, the Ravens also added former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown, who is looking to regain the early form he showed in his second season back in 2015. Bryant only wanted a one-year deal. Bryant posted 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns previous year with the Cowboys.