As former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant works hard to rekindle a possible return to the NFL, should that include a reunion to the Dallas Cowboys?
The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of decisions to make this offseason. After moving on from their head coach of almost an entire decade, these decisions are now all focused on the roster.
The biggest decision revolves around the quarterback position. The smart thing to do regarding quarterback Dak Prescott would be to sign him to a long-term deal to keep their franchise tag free for other big fish such as cornerback Byron Jones and receiver Amari Cooper.
The receiver position, specifically, is an intriguing one for the Dallas Cowboys. Besides Cooper, slot receiver Randall Cobb is also a free agent as is return specialist Tavon Austin. If all of them move on to other teams, Michael Gallup would be the only remaining receiver from last season to catch more than five balls.
Even if Cooper and Cobb return, Dallas would have just three accomplished receivers on the roster. This leads to one hot button question. Would the Dallas Cowboys entertain the idea of a reunion with former star receiver Dez Bryant?
Bryant has been working out feverishly to possibly earn his way back onto a roster in 2020. He has made it no secret he would love to return to Dallas. Of course, there is more to the situation than just one person wanting to be part of an NFL team.
For the Dallas Cowboys, the move must make sense for them. Everyone associated with the franchise has some level of affinity for Bryant. He is easily likable because he is real. Bryant plays with passion and fire. He gives you everything in his heart, body, and soul which is a rare commodity in this era of sports.
Of course, Bryant does come with baggage. A lot of baggage if we’re being honest. That same passion that stokes the flames of competitive desire can sometimes be a distraction. There was the public outburst to his unceremonious release from the team in 2018. This is all before mentioning that he will be 31 when the season starts and coming off of an Achilles tendon tear.
At this stage in his career, Bryant is far from the difference maker that once scored 41 touchdowns in three years. Could Bryant mentally handle the role of being a fourth-string receiver? For now, Bryant is saying all the right things.
Here’s what Bryant told Dallas’ FOX 4 News when asked about the possibility of rejoining the Cowboys.
"“Of course, that’s home. That’s home. And potentially being able to play with Dak (Prescott), Zeke (Elliott), Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Michael Gallup, those guys, (Blake) Jarwin – I think that would be great. I understand that’s their team, but I feel like they have the right pieces to go to the Super Bowl, and I feel like I can help be a part of that, if possible.”"
It is my personal belief that most of the negative things that have surrounded Bryant throughout his career have come from a misunderstanding of him as a man. I think Bryant mostly has had very good intentions, even if it hasn’t always come across in the manner people are accustomed to seeing.
With all that being said, however, I’m not sure if this is the correct time or team for Bryant to attempt one last shot at return. This is largely due to the fact that most fourth or fifth receivers are looked upon to play special teams, something he has never done aside from returning kicks.
Few people love Dez Bryant more than I do. He will forever be one of my all-time favorite Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, nostalgia has no place in the future.