Dez Bryant is hopeful some friendly DMs can atone for years of Cowboys bad blood.
Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, son of owner Jerry Jones, says that the former star wide receiver has reached out to him about potentially returning to the team in the 2020 season.
“He has texted me that he would like to come back,” Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We have nothing but great respect for Dez and what he accomplished here. Certainly, as we look forward into the future, we look at all opportunities and all potential players that could maybe help us out.”
The Cowboys could find themselves in a position of need for wide receivers, depending on how things shake out this offseason: Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin are all set to become unrestricted free agents.
But a reunion with Bryant may not be that simple. The Oklahoma State product has had a strained relationship with the franchise that selected him 24th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After three Pro Bowl selections and eight seasons with the team, Bryant was released in April 2018, saving the Cowboys $8.5 million in cap space.
Bryant did not take the separation in stride. Shortly after his release, he reportedly said “I’ll see [you] guys twice this year,” hoping to sign with a NFC East rival.
“If I didn’t have my edge I got it now,” Bryant tweeted. “I’m sorry they got to feel me it’s personal… it’s very personal.”
Bryant lashed out at Tim Cowlishaw during the 2018 NFL Draft after the reporter made a comment about the Panthers as a potential landing spot for the out-of-work receiver before the team selected D.J. Moore.
In response to an interview Stephen Jones gave with SiriusXM NFL radio, Bryant ripped the Cowboys and called it “scapegoat s–t.” He blamed their lack of success on “garbage a– play calling” and called owner Jerry Jones “clueless.”
He also mocked the Cowboys on Twitter after an embarrassing loss to the Panthers in September 2018.
Bryant signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the New Orleans Saints in November of 2018. Two days later, he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Saints were reportedly “open” to bringing Bryant back the following season, but he ultimately sat out all of 2019 in spite of his desire to continue playing.
The 31-year old has been training for a potential return, but accepts he won’t be a No. 1 option anymore.
“I want to be a part of a team where I’m not the focal point,” Bryant tweeted on Thursday. “I have no problem not being the main guy… .I bet I do damage.”