Dez Bryant is finally getting another shot in the NFL, and the three-time Pro Bowler is understandably ecstatic to get back on the field.
Bryant has agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens to join their practice squad. Shortly after word of the deal surfaced on Tuesday, the 31-year-old sent an awesome tweet about how happy he is. Bryant said he’s thankful and “can’t stop crying.”
The journey back for Bryant has been a long one, and many players in his position would have given up by now. He has not played a full NFL season since 2017. Bryant was cut by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the 2018 offseason and went several months unsigned before joining the Saints. He then tore his Achilles in November 2018 before ever appearing in a game for New Orleans.
Bryant has tried to pitch his services to multiple teams over the past two years, but a practice-squad deal was his best opportunity. If he’s healthy and can still separate from defenders, the Ravens could have a nice addition to their roster late in the season.
One thing is for certain: motivation will not be an issue for Bryant.
Dez Bryant is finally getting another shot to play in the NFL, but he will need to prove himself on a practice squad first.
Bryant has agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens to join their practice squad, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
Word of Bryant potentially signing with the Ravens surfaced last week, and it was believed that the move was only pending a physical. This means that Bryant, who tore his Achilles while attempting a comeback with the New Orleans Saints in 2018, passed.
Bryant, 31, has not played in the NFL since 2017. He was cut by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the 2018 offseason and went several months unsigned before joining the Saints. Bryant tore his Achilles before ever appearing in a game for New Orleans.
While he has tried to pitch his services to multiple teams, Bryant has been linked to the Ravens for quite some time now.
Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler, caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in his last full season with the Cowboys in 2017. The Ravens are not expecting that type of production, but he could be a nice late-season addition to their roster if all goes well.
Dez Bryant appears to be on his way back to the NFL.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bryant is expected to join the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad if he passes a physical. The possibility of this was first reported by NFL reporter Josina Anderson.
Bryant worked out for Baltimore in the offseason, so the Ravens likely know what they’re getting already.
The 31-year-old wide receiver has not played in the NFL since 2017. The practice squad stint is likely meant to get him into game shape. The Ravens’ interest in him goes back nearly three years, and they’ve looked into signing him multiple times. It appears to be finally happening.
Once considered one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers, Bryant has 73 career touchdown catches. His best season in that regard was 2014, when he caught 16 of them.
Dez Bryant issued a warning to Jerry Jones after Dak Prescott suffered an ankle injury in the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
Bryant was live-tweeting his reactions throughout the Cowboys’ game on Sunday. He shared his thoughts immediately after Prescott went down in the third quarter.
“My f—ing heart just dropped,” he wrote (profanity edited).
Then Bryant issued his warning to the Jones family.
Bryant also offered his prayers for Prescott.
Prescott was taken to the hospital and is set to undergo ankle surgery. Thinking that Prescott will never play again may be somewhat dramatic, especially considering that both Teddy Bridgewater and Alex Smith suffered devastating leg injuries and were able to play on Sunday.
But Bryant’s mind went exactly where so many others did: to Prescott’s contract status.
Prescott has been involved in contract negotiations with the Cowboys the last two offseasons. The sides were unable to come to an agreement on a deal either offseason, leading the quarterback to play this season on the franchise tag. Prescott is making $31 million this year, but has no guaranteed future playing earnings. The young quarterback passed on some very significant contract offers from Dallas during negotiations.
Bryant wants to ensure Prescott gets money from the Cowboys franchise regardless.
Dez Bryant was among those who had a strong reaction to Skip Bayless’ comments about Dak Prescott.
Prescott revealed in an interview published Wednesday that he dealt with depression related to the COVID-19 quarantines. Bayless, a host on FS1, was critical of Prescott for revealing this information. He acknowledged he was leaving himself open to criticism for his opinion, and he received the criticism from Bryant.
The former Dallas Cowboys receiver had some harsh comments.
“I get on twitter to laugh joke & spit real life s— with people but I’m being very clear with you skip bayless… F— YOU….I pray you never have to face mental illness or anything close to what people face with when they have mental health concerns.. you’ll fold like a b—-,” Bryant said (profanity edited by LBS).
Bayless received widespread criticism for his comments, which is not unusual for him. He embraces the hate and often tries to stoke it with his contrary opinions.
Bryant played in the NFL from 2010-2017 and was teammates with Prescott on the Cowboys for 2016 and 2017.
Dez Bryant had his workout with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, but a signing is not imminent, according to a report.
Both NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo said Bryant is expected to leave without being signed.
The 32-year-old traveled to Baltimore for the workout with the defending AFC North champions. He had been setting it up for a while after originally reaching out to John Harbaugh after the draft, but it sounds like a deal will not be happening immediately.
Bryant last played in an NFL game in 2017 for the Dallas Cowboys. He signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2018 but suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his first practice, and he did not play last season despite flirting with the idea of doing so.
Bryant had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.
Dez Bryant could be headed for an NFL return.
A report on Monday said that Bryant would be working out for the Baltimore Ravens, which was something the two sides had been discussing.
Later in the evening, NFL Media’s Jane Slater reported that Bryant had arrived in Baltimore on Monday night and that he would undergo two COVID-19 tests. If he passes the tests, he would likely work out on Thursday.
Slater has said that Bryant reached out to Ravens coach John Harbaugh after the draft to plant a seed towards him possibly playing for the team.
Bryant, 32, last played in an NFL game in 2017 for the Dallas Cowboys. He signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2018 but suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his first practice, and he did not play last season despite flirting with the idea of doing so.
Bryant had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. The Ravens have Hollywood Brown, Miles Boykin and Willie Snead set for their top three receiver spots this season.
The Baltimore Ravens have been exploring options to potentially add a veteran wide receiver before the start of the season, and Dez Bryant is next up on their list.
Bryant will travel to Baltimore this week to work out with the Ravens, according to Tom Pelissero and Jane Slater of NFL Network.
Bryant has not appeared in an NFL game since 2017, but he has continued to remain in shape and campaign for another shot. He said earlier this offseason that he thinks he would be a perfect fit to return to the Dallas Cowboys. The 31-year-old also worked out with Dak Prescott and boasted about it.
Antonio Brown is another veteran receiver the Ravens have looked at, though he has been suspended for the first eight games of the season. Lamar Jackson has been open about wanting Baltimore to sign Brown, and the reigning NFL MVP would likely welcome the addition of Bryant as well.
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys were unable to come to a long-term contract agreement prior to Wednesday’s deadline for franchise tagged players, which has led to a lot of finger pointing. Dez Bryant seems to feel that finger should be pointed at Jerry Jones.
Bryant sent a tweet on Wednesday night that appeared to blame the Cowboys for Prescott and the team not reaching an agreement.
The implication from Bryant is that the Cowboys have been able to work out long-term contracts with star quarterbacks like Troy Aikman and Tony Romo in the past, yet they didn’t give Prescott what he wanted. Of course, it’s hard to figure out who’s to “blame” without knowing the details of the negotiations.
Prescott reportedly turned down a deal that would have paid him more than $100 million guaranteed. All indications have been that the Cowboys were willing to make him one of the top two or three highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, though they apparently wanted to sign Prescott to a five-year deal and he wanted four.
Prescott’s brother called out the Cowboys after no agreement was reached on Wednesday, and you can understand the frustration for everyone involved. Earlier in the offseason, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Prescott was going to be the franchise QB in Dallas for years to come. Now, there’s a legitimate possibility he could be a free agent after 2020.
Many NFL owners, coaches, and front offices have taken part in protests against racism and injustice as something of a show of solidarity with players. Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys is not one of them.
Jones was one of the more vocal opponents of players who knelt during the national anthem to protest injustice previously, and has been fairly quiet over the last week as protests have spread throughout the country following the death of George Floyd. Former Cowboy Dez Bryant took notice of that, and urged him, his son Stephen, and former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to take part in what looked like a bit of criticism.
It’s not really clear why Witten is included here, but he and Bryant were teammates for eight seasons, so there may be some behind-the-scenes stuff there.
Bryant has been pretty critical of the Cowboys lately, though this is entirely different to basic football criticism. The ex-receiver seems to want Jones to participate.