Game Over: Jason Whitlock explains why Dez Bryant’s NFL career has come to an end

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In his discussion with Dwight Freeney and Greg Jennings surrounding former Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, Jason Whitlock explains why the embattled, former star receiver's career is over in the NFL.

- I'm not sure if I even buy the Ravens offer. Because if the market is this bad for Dez, why would the Ravens be silly enough to offer a multi-year deal. Dez Bryant is done. And I think done for several reasons. I do think at some point, someone will offer him the minimum. But there's just no way in hell Dez Bryant will be happy playing for the minimum. He'll be a headache and a team will just figure it ain't even worth it.

He had a good run and it ended too soon, because I don't think he ever really respected the craft of the game. He came in and dominated with his physical talent. And that's only going to carry you so long in that league.

- That the key right there. I don't think he's done, let me say that. But his numbers, although they have tailed off drastically, this is who Dez Bryant is. And for something, you mentioned perfecting his craft and taking it seriously. I'm sitting next to a man who we just were talking about this.

The spin move was your number one go-to. And some people say when you have something that works, don't forget about that. Strengthen that, work on the other things, but don't lose sight of what got you here. Dez Bryant never really quite had anything that he hung his hat on.

He never was a great releaser off of the line of scrimmage. Route running was never his strength. He never had great hands. He just was a play-maker. He was a 50/50 guy, like that was what he did. Now to say he's completely done, I don't think he's done, because he can offer somebody something. He can provide a offense with that spark every once in a while. He's not a number one guy. Maybe not even a number two guy. But he can definitely add to your offense.

- Well, I understand where y'all coming from, I honestly do. You look at the numbers and it shows a decrease. But I do know this. I've played long enough to know that the system has a lot to do with why numbers aren't what they seem. Now they have, Ezekiel Elliott, now they run the ball majority of the time.

You have a rookie quarterback doesn't read coverages great. So you have a run first offense. You have a quarterback who is not like Romo. Romo, when Romo was there, they would throw the ball 40 times a game and Dez would get his. And the numbers would be there.

Now as far as is anything decreasing as far as his technique and fundamentals? Maybe, OK, maybe--

- Speed. Doesn't elevate as well.

- Listen, what happens is when you get older in this game, that is going to happen. His numbers now, I don't think that it's that bad to where as though his numbers should show what it's showing. I feel like it's the system that he is in right now based on where the Cowboys are going.

It's going to be running the ball, and Dak is not going to be slinging it at 30, 40 times to have a guy like Dez there paying him $12 million. Now will he be, will he be a force or a player somewhere else? I think he will be. Maybe not the same Dez, but I think that it warrants someone, other team to pick him up. I think he's done enough in this league to do that. Now I'm not saying he's going to be somebody's number one. But I feel like he has enough skill set to go out there and be a force on another team.

- My response for the system, Dale, is this. Every system makes a player better When it's a good system. But when you're in a broken system, a system that doesn't so much suit you, what makes you a great player, the player that we thought Dez Bryant was and that we wanted him to be, this is why Dez Bryant was never really a truly a great player.

Because great players, despite the system that they're in, makes an impact. And when given the opportunity, he makes plays.

- Let me--

- And that's what was lacking.

- Let me add, because here's where I think I agree with Greg. When you talk about Dez can go someplace else and maybe be a two or a three. I think when you're the two or a three, the rapport with the quarterback has to be like Marvin Harrison, Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning knew where Marvin Harrison was going to be every snap, every defensive adjustment, he could count on Marvin Harrison. You've never been able to count on Dez. He's not a student of the game. He's not a great route adjuster. He's not as reliable as the great receivers like a Marvin Harrison.

And so when you go to a new system and you're the two or three guy, if the quarterback can't count on you, if you're not where you're supposed to be all the time, they don't need you.

- Well, here's the thing. It's easy for us to sit here right now today and say he hadn't, he wasn't where he was supposed to be based on the stats and his production. But that may not necessarily be the case all the time. I do feel like there has been some drop off. I think there has to be something for Dallas to do what they've done.

But it to be that dramatic and drastic to where as though you go from a guy who was on everybody's A list or whatever as a star, to now he's done.

- Other factors. There's other factors.

- It's completely, I think that's too much to say about Dez. Now we'll see what happens if he gets into a new system I feel, to where it's better suited for him. Now he gets a chance to pick somewhat of to where he wants to go with a quarterback who throws the ball maybe first, and maybe he gets some stats, and maybe we'll see what happens. But I'm not sold on Dez is done.

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