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Browns host Dez Bryant on visit, evaluating fit

The Browns hosted Dez Byrant on a visit as they continue to ​court the veteran wide receiver.​

The former Cowboys star visited the team's facility Thursday as the two sides determine whether the pairing would make a good fit.

Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler who was released in April following eight seasons with Dallas, tweeted last week he planned to visit the Browns, among a host of potential suitors.

During the visit, Bryant expressed kind words for Cleveland, adding he and the team's front office are "just trying to work some things out" in a brief impromptu appearance on Browns Daily.

In a pre-camp news conference, general manager John Dorsey revealed the club had been in conversation with Bryant.

"I know the kind of person that he is and what makes him," Dorsey said in late July. 'He's a very talented player."

The purpose of Thursday's visit, of course, is to see how Bryant meshes with a new-look roster overhauled this past offseason following the franchise's winless season.

"We do all of our homework prior to. I think that you have open and very candid conversations about what your locker room is, how your team is run, how we go about doing things and see if it fits," head coach Hue Jackson said. "The player has to be honest, and we have to be honest with what our expectations are. You just lay it out. I think that's the only way that you can do it at this time."

Bryant would join a receivers room that includes starters Jarvis Landry (a three-time Pro Bowler) and rookie Antonio Callaway. Cleveland recently traded 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman to Buffalo and still awaits the return of Josh Gordon, who announced an unexpected leave of absence before training camp. Callaway, a fourth-round pick out of Florida, could face NFL discipline after a citation for marijuana position and a suspended license earlier this month.

Landry and starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor said they'd welcome Bryant with open arms if he were to join the team.

"We would love to have him. He would be a great addition to our team and to our offense, for sure," Landry said. "Right now, all we can do is focus on what we have."

"I've said this before, we know what type of talent Dez brings to the football field," Taylor said. "He's been a very, very good football player in his time throughout this league and he adds talent to the wide receiver room. I hope it can get done but like I said it's up to management, I definitely think he could help this team."

Bryant finished with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season. From 2012-14, he averaged 91 catches for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns. He caught a career-high 16 touchdowns in 2014.

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