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Report: Ravens Made a Multiyear Offer to WR Dez Bryant – He Said ‘No Thanks’

NFL Network is reporting that the Ravens wanted to make a big splash, and tried to acquire wide out Dez Bryant, making him a multiyear deal which he said ‘no’ to.

When Bryant turned down the Ravens offer, the team instead went out and got wide out Willie Snead, inking him away from the Saints with a two-year deal.

Baltimore has indeed shown the most interest in signing Bryant, but the two sides couldn’t agree on contract length, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a source informed of the situation.

The Ravens needed a multiyear deal to fit Bryant’s number under the salary cap, per Rapoport. The former Cowboys star, conversely, is seeking a one-year contract that will enable him to test the market again in 2019.

In other words, Bryant is banking on a bounce-back year to rehabilitate his league-wide value.

That’s a high-risk approach for a player attempting to reverse the decline phase of his career. The Ravens’ offer was “pretty lucrative,” Rapoport added on NFL Up to the Minute, in the neighborhood of the three-year, $21 million deal signed by Michael Crabtree.

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