Dez Bryant spent three years out of the NFL before receiving his chance to resume his career last season with the Baltimore Ravens. Bryant showcased that he still has some gas left in the tank to be an offensive factor. As he heads into free agency looking for his next contract, he has outlined his NFL future that doesn’t include the Ravens.
Dez Bryants makes NFL comeback with Ravens
Following years of showing his desire to return to the NFL, Dez Bryant received his opportunity with the Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens presented him the chance to join their practice squad last October. The former Pro Bowler worked his way toward the active roster in November, where he received limited playing time.
In six regular-season games, Bryant secured six receptions on 11 targets for 47 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. The 32-year-old played in both playoff games but failed to garner a catch on his two targets in 18 total snaps.
Bryant may not have had a strong impact, but he did showcase that he can be a factor in the passing game. He played a diminished role throughout the 2020 campaign as he worked his way back into the league.
With his first campaign with the Ravens has come to a close, Bryant has a definitive answer to what he wants to do with his NFL future.
Dez Bryant lays out his NFL future that doesn’t include the Ravens
Dez Bryant reignited his NFL career last season in his brief stint with the Ravens.
As Bryant ventures into another offseason hoping to garner an opportunity, he voiced on Twitter that he doesn’t want to play for the Ravens again and hopes to play two more seasons.
“I realized quick Baltimore wasn’t the place for me,” Bryant wrote. “No bad blood. That’s their way of doing things, so you gotta respect it.”
Bryant’s experience in Baltimore featured a bumpy path after some issues with COVID-19 testing and protocol. The 32-year-old missed the opportunity to play against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13 after he was pulled from the field just before kickoff.
The three-time Pro Bowler responded to the situation by venting his frustration on social media. His emotions led to him stating he wanted to retire, and over the following days, he repeatedly said that he tested negative for COVID-19 a few times.
Through that all, Bryant doesn’t’ appear to have any lingering ill will toward the franchise but rather is grateful for the opportunity he received. The question now becomes where his next chance to play will come.
Other opportunities may lie ahead
At this point in Dez Bryant’s career, he isn’t the dominating offensive talent that he once was during his Dallas Cowboys’ tenure.
Instead, he’s a proven veteran that can be an impact player in the red zone and a reliable receiving option. Bryant didn’t receive much playing time with the Ravens, but he stated on Twitter that he showcased that he can still play. (H/T Pro Football Talk)
“It’s hard,” Bryant wrote. “I’ve been off almost three years. I flashed my abilities to the point [Ravens coach John] Harbaugh asked was I ready to play because he thought I was ready …You have to learn the playbook …chemistry with the QB have to be on point.”
Bryant had his ups and downs during his stint with the Ravens, but he did enter a situation where he had to overcome many obstacles. He didn’t go through an OTA, learned an entirely new playbook, and had to build chemistry on the fly with Lamar Jackson.
The 32-year-old enters this offseason fully healthy, along with game film from last season that should lead to opportunities to continue his career. He may not have a vast market for his services, but he can provide steady production in a passing game.
Bryant will likely have to wait for the initial talent in the market to flesh out before he gets his next chance.