Dez Bryant is not happy about the Dallas Cowboys’ latest move.
The Cowboys are signing Andy Dalton to a one-year deal to back up Dak Prescott at quarterback. Prescott has been franchise-tagged by Dallas and is still waiting on a long-term contract extension with the team. The lack of an extension for Prescott plus the addition of Dalton has Bryant saying Dallas’ actions are “out of line.”
Here’s the tweet he sent on Saturday night:
Nothing against Andy dalton because I think he’s a great player..but the cowboys are extremely out of line… Pay Dak… I watched the cowboys pay Tony Twice once without a winning rec… I guess the cowboys viewing the QB position a plug in piece because of the dominant offense
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) May 3, 2020
The problem with Bryant’s tweet is it’s rooted in suspicion that the Cowboys will not be signing Prescott to an extension. That doesn’t seem to make sense considering both sides have been negotiating a possible deal.
No part of me thinks the Cowboys signed Dalton because they have an intention of him replacing Prescott. They got him because he’s a good backup and he came cheap. The Cowboys took advantage of a good opportunity just like they did so when they drafted this guy.
- Dez Bryant
CeeDee Lamb is hoping to carry on the legacy of great wide receivers wearing No. 88 with the Dallas Cowboys, and many have wondered how Dez Bryant will feel about that. We now have our answer.
After word surfaced on Thursday that Lamb will wear No. 88 with the Cowboys, a fan on Twitter asked Bryant how he feels about a rookie wearing his old number. Bryant responded with a message of support for Lamb.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 30, 2020
Bryant was in a similar situation to Lamb when the Cowboys drafted him back in 2010, as Dez wore No. 88 after Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. While his tenure in Dallas ended in disappointing fashion, Bryant lived up to the hype for many seasons.
Bryant has campaigned for the Cowboys to bring him back, and he would probably have no issue wearing a new jersey number for another chance to play in the NFL. Though, considering how Lamb came to wear No. 88 in the first place, it’s possible he could be persuaded to give it up.
Dez Bryant has made it no secret that he would love to return to the Dallas Cowboys, and he has apparently been working out with the quarterback who would be throwing passes to him if his wish came true.
On Thursday, Bryant proudly revealed on Twitter that he completed a workout session with Dak Prescott. The free agent wide receiver said the two “picked up where we left off.”
@dak and myself just finished a great workout session.. picked up where we left off
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 2, 2020
Bryant and Prescott played two full seasons together before the Cowboys released Bryant. The two weren’t nearly as productive together as Bryant and Tony Romo were for several seasons earlier in Dez’s career, but the numbers weren’t terrible. Bryant caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. Prescott has improved his game since that time, but Bryant is two years removed from playing and coming off a torn Achilles.
While there have been some indications that the Cowboys could be interested in bringing Bryant back, the odds are still stacked against the 31-year-old. Dallas recently signed Amari Cooper to a huge five-year extension, so Bryant would likely have to take a veteran minimum salary to join the team. First, he needs the Cowboys to believe he could actually help them win games.
Dez Bryant has been openly campaigning for the Dallas Cowboys to give him another shot in 2020, and the free agent wide receiver seems like he is not going to let up until Jerry Jones gives him his way.
Bryant attended Wednesday night’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans, and he briefly spoke with Fanatics View about a potential return to the Cowboys. Bryant praised all of the playmakers currently on the Cowboys’ roster and said what he can offer right now would be “perfect” for the team.
“It’d be crazy. It’d be insane,” Bryant said. “I’d make sure I’d do my part as a player, and I’d contribute the best way I know how. … Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? I just feel like what I can do right now would be perfect for what they got going on.”
Bryant seemed convinced that the Cowboys are going to retain both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, though we highly doubt he has any inside information. Prescott obviously isn’t going anywhere, but Dallas may have to use the franchise tag on him. That would make it more difficult for them to re-sign Cooper, as they would no longer be able to use the tag on the star receiver.
Obviously, Bryant would be a role player rather than a No. 1 receiver no matter which team he joined. Dez had to be encouraged by the thoughts Jones recently shared on the situation, though the odds are still stacked against the 31-year-old.
Dez Bryant is interested in a return to the Dallas Cowboys, and Jerry Jones is thinking about adding his former wide receiver.
The Cowboys owner said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Thursday that though he hasn’t talked to Bryant, he has been thinking about signing the receiver.
Jerry Jones on a possible Dez Bryant return: “I haven’t talked to Dez, but I have been thinking about it a lot in the shower. I’m thinking about it.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 27, 2020
Bryant, 31, was drafted in the first round by the Cowboys in 2010. Bryant had some “character issues” entering the NFL and slipped in the draft, but Dallas took a chance on him and was rewarded when he developed into a top receiver.
Bryant was released by Dallas during the 2018 offseason, eventually signed with New Orleans, and tore his Achilles tendon in his first practice with his new team. Bryant has not played in an NFL game since 2017 but has shown interest in a return to Dallas.
Why would Bryant be interested in a return to the Cowboys now? He has long had something against Jason Garrett, who was finally let go by the team as head coach.
Dez Bryant has sent numerous tweets campaigning for NFL teams to sign him over the past several months, and that includes trying to convince the Dallas Cowboys to give him another shot. Apparently he has taken that pitch directly to his former team as well.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Bryant has been in contact with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and has been “pleading” for a return to the team.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) February 21, 2020
Bryant would probably take any opportunity at this point, but he at least knows the Jones family and has plenty of familiarity with the Cowboys. It seems highly unlikely that they would bring him back, but it makes sense that Bryant wants to reunite now that Jason Garrett is no longer the head coach in Dallas.
Bryant has not played in a game since he was last with the Cowboys in 2017. He signed with the New Orleans Saints midway through the 2018 season, but he suffered a torn Achilles in practice and never appeared in a game. The 31-year-old worked out with Patrick Mahomes in the Dallas area on Friday and is hoping to prove he is healthy enough to contribute in 2020.
If Bryant can’t find a team to sign him as a player this offseason, he has also offered his services to the Cowboys in other ways.
Dez Bryant is still trying to prove to NFL teams that he has enough left in the tank to contribute, and the reigning Super Bowl MVP is doing what he can to help the former Dallas Cowboys star earn recognition.
Patrick Mahomes threw passes to Bryant at APEC training center in Forth Worth on Friday.
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 21, 2020
Bryant went from being one of the most dominant wide receivers in football to not being able to find work in what felt like the blink of an eye. The former first-round pick is still just 31, but he has obviously lost some explosiveness and dealt with a major injury. Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints midway through the 2018 season but never appeared in a game after tearing his Achilles in practice.
While it seemed like he was hinting at being on the verge of signing with a team last season, there has not been much interest in Bryant since the Achilles injury. If he can show teams this offseason that he is healthy and still has some speed, he could be a very low-risk signing that has the potential to pay off.