Currently, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have a wide receiver over the age of 30. It’s a youth movement, but Big D could benefit if Dez Bryant joins the team.
In some instances, the gambles paid off for the Cowboys. In other situations, like the controversial signing of pass rusher Greg Hardy in 2015, for example, the transactions failed and left the organization with some embarrassment.
The Dallas Cowboys are an establishment for second chances, which is why I am puzzled with the Dez Bryant situation. Recently, Dallas picked up one-time All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith, a former first-round pick who hasn’t seen NFL action since 2015. The outside linebacker turns 31 in September.
Smith isn’t the only player to get a second chance from the top Dallas brass. Let’s not forget Rolando McClain. McClain played linebacker two seasons for the ‘Boys. His last snap was in 2015 and he was suspended (again) last December. He turns 31 in July.
With Tavon Austin swimming in the unrestricted free agent pool, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have a wide receiver over the age of 30. At this moment, Devin Smith is the oldest wideout at 28. Starting receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are both under the age of 26.
Of course, the Dallas Cowboys receivers’ room will look different after April 23, when the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off. The Cowboys look to inject youth for quarterback Dak Prescott. But why not bring back a familiar face, especially someone with a connection to the starting quarterback?
With Randall Cobb taking his talents to the Houston Texans, the Cowboys are in need of replacement. I’m not saying Dez Bryant is the absolute answer, but there is a tremendous upside in this transaction, especially if Jones does an incentive-based contract like he usually does.
The Cowboys get a proven veteran who is 31-years-old. Bryant has played in 113 regular-season games, starting 99 of them, which were all with the Cowboys. He owns 531 receptions, 7,459 yards, and 73 scores. Though, Bryant hasn’t caught a pass since the 2017 season.
Of course, Dallas and Dez Bryant had a messy divorce, which probably gives the Cowboys pause. And, how the NFL Draft shapes up will determine a lot a the wide receivers position.
Still, for me, it makes a lot of sense to bring back the fan-favorite. The New Orleans Saints were willing to give Bryant a shot back in late November of 2018.
The Dallas Cowboys, the epicenter of second chances, have an opportunity to relaunch the no. 88 brand. And unlike Hardy, McClain or even Aldon Smith, Bryant doesn’t have a history with NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.