Dez Bryant is again.

Bryant’s final NFL sport, earlier than Sunday, was on New 12 months’s Eve in 2017. The previous Cowboys star returned to the sphere in Week 9 for the Ravens, a pair weeks after signing with their observe squad. It wasn’t clear how a lot he’d play in a run-heavy offense with a few established pass-catchers, however it accomplished a bumpy journey again from a launch by the Cowboys and a severe harm. The 6-2 Bryant offers Lamar Jackson with a taller goal on the perimeter than he is used to, and perhaps after a pair years away, Bryant’s contemporary legs will assist Baltimore contend for an AFC North title.

It has been some time since NFL followers have thought of Bryant, although, so we have taken a glance again at how Bryant obtained up to now. 

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Why did Dez Bryant go away the Cowboys?

Bryant’s closing season with the Cowboys, in 2017, wasn’t an unproductive one. He caught 69 passes and reeled in six touchdowns. However the next April, Bryant met with proprietor Jerry Jones earlier than Dallas went on to launch the receiver.

After the discharge, Bryant tweeted, “Cowboys nation I want you to know this wasn’t my choice.”

The transfer was seemingly a monetary choice for the Cowboys. Bryant’s cap hit scheduled for the 2018 and 2019 seasons in Dallas was going to be $16.5 million per season. Contemplating Bryant’s decline in manufacturing and his 10 video games missed as a consequence of harm in his final three Dallas seasons, the Cowboys felt they might discover higher utility for that cash elsewhere.

How accidents stored Dez Bryant off NFL fields in 2018, 2019

After Dallas launched him, Bryant was a free agent for seven months. In November of 2018, he signed a contract with the Saints. However two days after signing with New Orleans, Bryant tore his Achilles tendon, an harm that may preserve athletes out for a yr or longer.

Quickly after the torn Achilles, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Saints can be open to bringing Bryant again in 2019, however that by no means materialized. Whereas Bryant was nonetheless recovering from the harm, he took to a radio present in Dallas with ideas on his profession, together with saying, “I can not finish like this.”

Bryant expressed curiosity in November of 2019 to becoming a member of a crew, however no suitors signed him and he went into the 2020 calendar yr greater than two years faraway from an NFL sport and in search of yet another likelihood. Reviews indicated that Bryant labored out a lot over the summer time, together with a crew exercise with the Ravens, however nobody signed him earlier than the season kicked off. 

Why did the Ravens signal Dez Bryant?

Late in October, the Ravens selected to convey Bryant onto their observe squad. The signing got here heading into Baltimore’s Week 7 bye, which might enable Bryant to undergo the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols and get acclimated with out lacking an excessive amount of by means of sport motion. He wasn’t activated for Week 8, however Baltimore added Bryant to the lively roster for a Week 9 sport towards the Colts.

Why the Ravens selected this level to convey Bryant on board is not apparent. Baltimore’s prime wideouts, Marquise Brown and Willie Snead, are each wholesome, though second-year WR Miles Boykin was dinged-up earlier this season. Baltimore additionally utiliizes a run-heavy offense led by Jackson and a brigade of operating backs, so it isn’t the obvious place for a receiver to signal if in search of a lot of targets.

It most likely appeared like a mutually helpful partnership. Bryant offered an enormous goal that Baltimore may check to see if something was left within the tank at a low degree of threat. The Ravens had been a crew prepared to let Bryant play NFL soccer once more. On this occasion, it might need been that easy. 

Dez Bryant profession stats

Bryant’s stats beneath are coming into Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season.

Profession: 

  • Receptions: 531
  • Receiving yards: 7,459
  • Receiving touchdowns: 73

Single-season bests:

  • Receptions: 93 (2013)
  • Receiving yards: 1,382 (2012)
  • Receiving touchdowns: 16 (2014)

Dez Bryant profession timeline

April 2010 – Cowboys draft Bryant with the 24th total decide of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State.

2014 – Bryant concludes a three-season stretch by which he caught at the least 88 passes for greater than 1,200 yards and at the least 12 touchdowns in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

July 15, 2015 – Cowboys signal Bryant to an extension of 5 years and $70 million.

2015 season – Bryant has worst season of his profession, lacking seven video games as a consequence of harm and catching a career-low 31 passes.

April 13, 2018 – Cowboys reduce Bryant.

Nov. 8, 2019 – Saints signal Bryant to a one-year deal.

Nov. 10, 2019 – New Orleans locations Bryant on Injured Reserve after he tore his Achilles.

Oct. 27, 2020 – Ravens signal Bryant to their observe squad.

Nov. 8, 2020 – Bryant returns to an NFL lively roster for gameday in Week 9 with Baltimore.