Dez Bryant explains why he wants to play for the Patriots

"I won’t be getting criticized [and] controlled for expressing my love for the game."

Dez Bryant
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warms up before a game in 2017. –AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File

Dez Bryant has made no secret of his respect for the New England Patriots. The wide receiver, a free agent since the Dallas Cowboys released him in April, recently called Tom Brady his favorite player of all-time while noting Bill Belichick’s coaching strategies are “one in a million.”

Now, Bryant is outlining why Foxborough would be an attractive destination. When the three-time Pro Bowler was urged by a fan on Twitter to reach out to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, he replied that he’d “rather go somewhere I can show case my skills for real.”

Namely, New England.

Bryant wrote that if he lined up alongside Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, and Julian Edelman, defenses would be forced to cover him with a one-on-one matchup — “plus I won’t be getting criticized [and] controlled for expressing my love for the game.”

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The wideout added the Washington Redskins would be “cool as well.”

Bryant’s free agency tour included a stop in Cleveland, but he did not agree to a deal with the Browns. The Patriots looked like a viable option for Bryant after Danny Amendola’s departure, Edelman’s four-game suspension, and a series of training camp injuries. However, the remaining receiving corps took care of business against the Houston Texans during the season-opening victory.