An ex-recognized Dallas Cowboys wide receiver wants to make a comeback, but not with the Cowboys.
Dez Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, recently spoke with TMZ Sport. He said he hopes to make a comeback for the Arizona Cardinals.
“Kyler, the coach — I love the swagger over there,” said Bryant. “I just love the guys, especially DeAndre Hopkins — that’s my boy. We real close.”
The 33-year old receiver is not the first to declare his desire to play for the Cardinals. In March 2021, he expressed the same desire to play for Arizona.
Via TMZ Sports:
“I think that would be dope being next to my boy D Hop [Deandre Hopkins], Christian Kirk, Kyler Murray,” Bryant said. “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.”
It is worth noting that DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona’s top receiver, was suspended for six games after violating the NFL PED policy. This suspension could open the door to Bryant signing.
Bryant has not played in the NFL in over a year, since 2020 when he was a part of six games for Baltimore Ravens. The veteran receiver caught six touchdown passes and gained 47 yards.
After being signed to the practice squad, the big-bodied receiver was placed on the Ravens’ active roster approximately a month later. After 18 players were placed on the COVID list in the week before his signing, his elevation to the active roster was possible.
Bryant hadn’t played in an NFL game since 2017, when he signed with the Ravens.
Bryant previously left the door open for Cowboys Return
Dez said to TMZ, “I’ll tell it you this.” “If it were possible, I would be open to it.”
Bryant was selected in round one of the NFL draft in 2010. He went on to be one of the most popular receivers in the league in his eight seasons with Cowboys. He was 6-foot-2 and 220-pound, and caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards with 73 touchdowns in Dallas.
He was a three-time Pro Bowler in the 2013 and 2016 seasons. He was a first-team All Pro selection in 2014, and led the league’s receiving touchdowns (16) in the 2014 season.
Bryant’s eight-season tenure as a Cowboys player came to an abrupt halt when he was removed by the team after the 2017 season. Bryant’s high cap hit he was due $16.5million for each of his next two seasons — along with declining production, led to Bryant’s release.
Bryant’s 2014 breakout season saw him average 678 receiving yards between 2015-2017.