New England Patriots

In the last month alone, the New England Patriots have cut ties with injured wide receivers Jordan Matthews (hamstring) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee). Kenny Britt, who had not taken part in a single competitive practice this summer due to a hamstring injury, joined that group on Wednesday as the Patriots formally cut the veteran wideout that they had ‘big plans’ for in 2018.

But that’s still not enough for them to have much of an interest in Dez Bryant, according to the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi.

Still a free agent — even after last week’s visit to Cleveland for a workout with the Browns — the 29-year-old Bryant remains on the open market as perhaps football’s most intriguing free agent option.

A career-long Cowboy, Bryant is coming a 2017 season that saw him catch 69 balls for 838 yards and six touchdowns. Earlier this week, Bryant openly gushed over the way the Patriots do business (namely head coach Bill Belichick), called Tom Brady his favorite player, and it’s hard not to connect the two as a potential fit given the Pats’ injuries at wideout.

Also mentioned by Giardi is the word that the Patriots could be interested in a potential reunion with Matthews later this season.┬áCut due to a lingering hamstring injury, Giardi notes that Matthews would not be considered an option until October, likely meaning that that’s considered the timeframe when Matthews could be ready to return from whatever is ailing him.

The Patriots continue their preseason slate Friday night in Carolina.