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Dez Bryant reportedly suffering from depression, panic attacks

Dez Bryant reportedly has been dealing with mental health issues amid his ongoing free agency four weeks into the NFL season.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Bryant is suffering from depression and panic attacks. The report notes, however, that the free agent wide receiver is making progress, both physically and mentally, and is eager to engage in talks with a handful of teams about a contract.

Those close to Bryant say he is in better shape now, working on his mental and physical fitness and working out twice a day with a personal trainer. One associate of Bryant’s believed that he will really be in position to talk seriously with any interested clubs in two weeks, as he continues working with a catching machine at his house, running hills and pushing himself, while also focusing on getting help for his depression and panic attacks.

Bryant was said to have received a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens during the offseason which reportedly included $13M in guaranteed money. He later engaged in contract talks with the Cleveland Browns, but again nothing came of those negotiations, either, as Bryant reportedly rejected a one-year, $5 million deal.

Most recently, Bryant was spotted in September alongside Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at a Beyonce/Jay-Z concert, sparking rumors a potential reunion was in the offing. Jones quickly quieted such speculation by stating football was never discussed between the two.

It remains to be seen if Bryant does in fact begin fielding offers from teams within the next few weeks. On the other hand, it will be interesting to see how much interest there is in the 29-year-old veteran wideout. That said, given the seriousness of Bryant’s reported mental health issues, what is most encouraging is that he appears to be recovering from his struggles.