Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already had a big offseason as his team finally agreed to a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott. If they want to make the playoffs in 2021, though, the Dallas Cowboys still need to improve significantly. They may, however, have an old friend wanting to help them, as former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant recently said that he would be open to returning to the team that he played on for eight seasons.
Dez Bryant was a star for the Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant became one of the biggest stars on Jerry Jones’ team after seeing the Cowboys select him in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Bryant played well in his first two seasons, gaining 928 receiving yards in 2011, but from 2012 to 2014, Bryant was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He gained over 1,200 receiving yards in each of those seasons and ultimately caught 12 touchdown passes or more. In 2014, after earning his first Pro Bowl selection the year before, Bryant earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors, as he recorded 1,320 receiving yards and an NFL-leading 16 touchdown catches.
Bryant then only played in nine games in 2015 but earned a Pro Bowl selection again in 2016. However, after gaining 838 receiving yards in 16 games in 2017, the Cowboys released Dez Bryant.
He then signed with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018 but tore his Achilles tendon and didn’t play in a game that year. Bryant then didn’t play in the NFL in 2019, either, but finally played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2020. He only caught six passes in six games, but two of them were for touchdowns.
Dez Bryant is now a free agent again, so where will he play next? It appears that he would definitely love to reunite with Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.
Dez Bryant would love to reunite with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys
Bryant recently spoke with TMZ, and he discussed teams he would like to play for in 2021. The first one that came up was actually the Arizona Cardinals.
“I think that would be dope being next to my boy [DeAndre Hopkins], Christian Kirk, Kyler Murray,” Bryant said, according to TMZ. “I think they have a dope offense. I feel like they got a dope defense. I think they got a dope coach … If I had to choose, yeah, if that opportunity presented itself, I think I would take it.”
However, Dez Bryant would also love to reunite with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.
“If it was possible, of course I’d be open to it if it was possible,” he said, according to TMZ. “… I think what they’re doing is beautiful. I’m happy that they paid Dak, that was very important. I’m a big chemistry guy; I’m not so much hyped on talent, and I love what they got going on.”
It has seemed as if Dez Bryant has been open to playing with the Cowboys again for the past year or so now. These comments just further prove his desire to return to Dallas. It just might not be realistic, though.
However, if Jerry Jones, the billionaire Cowboys owner, and his son Stephen Jones, the team’s director of player personnel, were to bring Bryant back, would it work?
The Dallas Cowboys already have multiple talented receivers
Having Dez Bryant in Dallas would just be a nice luxury for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. They don’t absolutely need him.
The Cowboys already have Amari Cooper, who had 1,114 receiving yards in 2020, even with Prescott missing most of the season. They also have CeeDee Lamb, who recorded 935 receiving yards in his rookie season last year, as well as Michael Gallup, who recorded 1,107 receiving yards in 2019.
With all of these talented pass-catchers on the team already, it would probably be hard for Bryant to get as many opportunities to touch the ball as he has in the past. But, given that he only caught six passes all of last season, he probably wouldn’t mind being on a team that he is comfortable with, and he could become a nice security blanket for Dak Prescott.
So, will Dez Bryant return to the Cowboys? Probably not, but Jerry Jones should, at least, know that he is always an option to consider.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference