Dez Bryant is a free agent again, start the senseless drama

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /

Former Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Dez Bryant has taken his last snap as a Baltimore Raven, as the all-time touchdown reception leader in Dallas history announced in a series of tweets that his time as a Raven just was not the right fit. Bryant also announced in that thread that he wants to play two more seasons in the NFL.

Beggars can’t be choosers is the old adage that applies to Bryant and the twilight years of his career since not returning to the Cowboys after the 2017 season. Bryant will have limited options compared to younger receiving free-agent options and might have to play for a system that does not fit the style of the three-time Pro Bowler.

Let’s be clear though before the senseless drama starts up, Bryant should not be on America’s Team’s radar this offseason. His once excellent play and desire to make winning plays for the Cowboys provided a lovable player for fans. Now though, in the last moments of a fascinating career, Bryant is not that player anymore.

A second Dallas Cowboys tenure for Bryant is not smart

In a crazy hypothetical world where owner Jerry Jones and Bryant were to mend their old friendship and come to an agreement on a cheap veteran contract this offseason, there’s no reason to play Bryant if you are head coach Mike McCarthy or offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Bryant’s last two seasons in Dallas were with quarterback Dak Prescott and his numbers were not comparable to Bryants glory years with former quarterback Tony Romo.

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Blame his age, blame injuries or blame the disconnect between Prescott and Bryant, whatever it might be, it did not work. All three of those factors would still exist if Bryant joined America’s Team for the 2021 season. It just is not worth the time or attention.

Bryant showed flashes of being a red zone threat in his six games with the Ravens, posting two touchdowns. It was exciting to see the “X” thrown up again and have memories of his glory days, especially his glorious 16 touchdowns over the course of the 2014 season.

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Still, Bryant more mature or not is not something Cowboys fans should worry about this offseason, no late-night thoughts about what he might be. He can go elsewhere and have his moment. Dallas needs no distractions or unproven players this offseason. Bryant’s six receptions over the past three years and his reaction to catching COVID-19 earlier this season prove Bryant fits both of those categories.