In a tweet that came during the Week 16 slate of NFL games, the former All-Pro wide receiver openly stated that he’s interested in returning to the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 — or signing with one of four other contenders, including the New England Patriots.
The all-time leader for receiving touchdowns in Cowboys franchise history hasn’t played in an NFL game in two years. He was on the New Orleans Saints roster during the 2018 season but failed to play in a single game with the franchise due to an Achilles injury.
Bryant has been open to an NFL return all season long, per Jaclyn Hendricks of the New York Post, but no team bit the bullet on signing the eight-year veteran. During his tenure with the Cowboys, Bryant established himself as one of the top receivers in the league, getting selected to participate in the Pro Bowl on three occasions and being named an All-Pro once.
The Patriots clearly have a need for a top wideout. Although New England’s offensive struggles have quieted down following their 24-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, the bottom line is the Patriots’ lack of a star wideout is their biggest weakness.
While Bryant clearly brings a lot of question marks — he’s 31 years old, is coming off of a torn Achilles and hasn’t played in two years — he would come with very little risk and at an inexpensive price. The upside with Bryant is high considering his past numbers and overall talent level.
If Tom Brady decides to return for a 21st season in 2020, there’s no doubt that he needs more help outside the hash marks.
Why not take a chance on Bryant if you’re Bill Belichick? What is there to lose?
Dez Bryant Complimentary of Bill Belichick
It’s no secret that Bryant admires the Patriots head coach. In numerous instances on his Twitter account, the former Cowboys receiver has singled out how great of a head coach Belichick is. In fact, he just referenced a Belichick quote on Sunday while slighting his former Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett.
Furthermore, during the Patriots’ victory over the Cowboys back in November, Bryant made sure to point out the differences in coaching between Belichick and Garrett.
Bryant has great respect for Belichick as a head coach and considering he’s at the end of his career and would love to win a ring, there’s reason to believe he’d buy-in to the Patriots system.
Dez Bryant Rips Jason Garrett for Wasting Prime
Bryant had a field day ripping his former head coach on Sunday. Garrett coached Bryant from 2010 until 2017 and the comments came on Twitter following the Cowboys’ 17-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The loss ensured that the Eagles controlled their destiny as far as winning the NFC East title is concerned.
The veteran receiver agreed with one specific tweet from a user which stated that Garrett wasted the prime years of Bryant and other Cowboys greats during this decade.
Considering Garrett may not be back as the head coach of the Cowboys next season, Bryant could potentially make a return to Dallas in 2020 — or maybe even head to New England.
We’ll see if the Patriots show interest in Bryant heading into the offseason.