He Still Has Plenty to Prove
It probably seems a little ironic that I’m now saying Bryant has plenty to prove after just saying that he has proven himself to be an elite NFL receiver. But the fact of the matter is that the 29-year-old’s last 1,000-yard season came in 2014, when he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the third consecutive year.
Bryant has missed games in two of the past three seasons, so that has greatly affected his production. By comparison, in each of his 1,000-yard campaigns, he started every game. So it’s quite likely he would have topped the 1,000-yard mark a couple more times had he remained healthy.
Given his injury woes and the fact that no team has signed him yet, Bryant still has plenty to prove. According to CBS Sports, he is only interested in signing with a contender, and the Jaguars definitely fit that bill.
A one-year deal makes sense for both sides. In addition to giving Jacksonville’s young receivers another year to develop, it would also afford Bryant the opportunity to raise his stock for 2019.
Money isn’t the be-all and end-all, but following Odell Beckham Jr.’s record deal with the New York Giants, you can bet Bryant wants another huge payday as well. A bounce-back season with the Jaguars could be just the ticket he’s looking for.
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