Word on the street is that Dez Bryant would love to catch passes from one Jimmy Garoppolo. Yeah, wouldn’t that be special? Problem is, at least for the fans, and the more astute players out there who pay attention to this organization, we saw first-hand what a disruptive force a malcontented wide receiver can be. Terrell Owens is was and will be considered one of the most dynamic WRs to play the game. He had the whole package. Size, speed, hands, quickness, toughness, he ran routes well, he blocked well, and he caught 50/50 balls.
The problem was his mouth. When he came up during the dynasty/Jerry Rice era, he was quiet, deferential to a fault, and basically was schooled by Jerry on how to do the job of a pro WR. By the time Jerry left, Owens had established himself as one of the game’s best WRs. We all know the rest. Owens spent the remainder of his career playing spectacularly, talking shit, fighting with coaches, shaking pompoms, signing footballs on the field, eating popcorn through his helmet, and pissing off his QB du jour, including most notably Jeff Garcia, and Donovan McNabb. Great talent, but knuckle-head. Sure, he was a lot of fun at times, but his gay innuendoes around Garcia, and his claim that McNabb was soft pretty much cemented him as a jerk of the highest order. If you can gleefully throw your teammates under the bus, trash your coaches, and generally act like you are the only important guy on the team, who the fuck needs you?
Thing is, at this point in Dez Bryant’s career, he needs us more than we need him. Jimmy G I’m sure would love to have a guy like Bryant on the field. But I’m also sure the front office and the coaching staff do not want a disruptive force in the locker room. The 49ers are a young team, and are building up their roster through the draft, and smart free agent acquisitions. Adding a mercurial spectre into the mix may cause more problems that it solves. That being said, I don’t think it would be a giant mistake to take him on, just that it doesn’t make much long-term sense.