It has been nearly two years since former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant last played in the NFL. Bryant has been on the outside looking in for his next opportunity to extend his career as he’s more than a year removed from tearing his Achilles tendon. Despite the lack of significant activity from any team, he has continued to remain vocal via social media about his desire to continue playing in the league. Bryant also ventured to list a few franchises that he would have in joining if the opportunity presented itself.
Dez Bryant’s journey back to the NFL
The 31-year-old had latched onto the New Orleans Saints in the second half of last season in November, but a torn Achilles tendon in his second practice with the team that immediately ended his year and tenure with the franchise. In the months that have followed, Bryant has progressed well in his recovery as he returned to the field, being able to go through drills and route running.
That has yet to equate to him drawing a significant amount of interest around the league as he remains without a team heading into the final week of the 2019 regular season. Even with that being the case, Bryant has taken to social media to list out teams he wouldn’t mind joining next year.
Dez Bryant’s NFL wish list
There had been some possible rumblings that Bryant could draw some interest from teams near the tail end of the season, but that hasn’t come to fruition.
Although it may look bleak for the former Pro Bowler to latch onto a team this late in the season, he voiced on Twitter that he does have some keen interest in joining the likes of the Saints, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, and Kansas City Chiefs. It’s clear that Bryant wants to be a part of a team that is competing for the playoffs with realistic Super Bowl aspirations.
Each of these teams are pinned with having a chance to contend for the Super Bowl this season. Bryant knows that he can bring to the table being a legitimate red-zone threat that could become a pivotal component to any passing game. The interest is undoubtedly there on his end; it just falls on any of these possible suitors to express mutual interest in acquiring him.
At the same time, he voiced that he would be open to returning to the Cowboys next year if the scenario were to be presented. Ultimately, all of that remains out of his hands as he remains on the outside looking into the NFL.
Will Dez Bryant get another shot in the NFL?
The 2019 season will likely conclude without Bryant receiving a chance to get back into the league. It has been a long hiatus that does draw questions about whether he will ever receive another opportunity to get back in the NFL.
Before he suffered the Achilles tendon tear, there were questions around Bryant concerning his ability to create separation from defenders like he used. He had begun to physically breakdown from being the receiver that once had three consecutive seasons with at least 88 catches, 1,3000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014
Following that point, Bryant ‘s body began to steadily break down as he suffered foot and leg injuries that saw him miss 10 games the next two seasons and fail to crack 1,000 receiving yards in any of his final three years with the Cowboys.
That said, two seasons away from the game, including an entire year to heal from a serious injury, could see a team take a chance on him and bring him into the fold ahead of the 2020 campaign.