After a lengthy exile, Dez Bryant made his triumphant NFL return as a member of the Baltimore Ravens in 2020, contributing six catches for 47 yards and a pair of touchdowns over six regular-season contests. The three-time Pro Bowler addressed his NFL future in a series of tweets Tuesday night. Bryant expressed to his 3.5 million followers that he hopes to play another two seasons, though he doesn’t seem to have much interest in a reunion with Baltimore.
Bryant said he learned early on in his Ravens tenure that “Baltimore wasn’t for him,” though the former Cowboy insists there’s no “bad blood.” The veteran said his lack of playing time (he only logged 129 snaps) didn’t bother him and is thankful for the relationships he made with teammates, many of whom he plans to keep in touch with “for a long time.”
While many will find the wide receiver’s transparency refreshing, it’s puzzling Bryant would be so quick to dismiss Baltimore, particularly after the Ravens were one of the few teams to show interest in him. After a two-year NFL hiatus—his time with New Orleans in 2018 was cut short by a torn Achilles suffered in his first practice—coach John Harbaugh threw Dez a life jacket, allowing him a chance to resurrect his career in Baltimore. Bryant made the most of that opportunity, ascending to active status after a brief spell on the Ravens’ practice squad.
Frustration followed, however, with Bryant spending time on the COVID list (costing him a chance to play the Cowboys in Week 13) and never posing a legitimate threat to incumbents Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Miles Boykin and Willie Snead, who continued to reign as Baltimore’s top three receivers. Bryant’s unlikely return to the NFL, resurfacing after a 1,057-day layoff, was one of the feel-good stories of 2020, though it’s doubtful his phone will be ringing off the hook with offers after averaging a meager 7.8 yards per game this past season.
After Bryant’s online musings went viral, the 32-year-old took to Twitter again early Wednesday morning, acknowledging that while the Ravens ultimately weren’t a fit for him, Baltimore remains a first-class organization.