Dez Bryant has appeared in just six games over the past four seasons, but he is not ready to give up on his career just yet.
Bryant told TMZ over the weekend that he is still hoping to sign with a team for the 2022 season. He said he is “not retired” and that he is almost in game shape. The 33-year-old was then asked if there was a specific team he would like to play for, and he mentioned the Arizona Cardinals.
“I love the swagger over there. I love the guys, especially DeAndre Hopkins. That’s my boy, we’re real close,” Bryant said. “My phone line’s open. I wouldn’t mind playing with Rondale Moore, Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins. It’s not even so much about starting — just being in that locker room and being a great example.”
The three-time Pro Bowler has not played in the NFL since a six-game stint with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020. Bryant, who posted three straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2012 to 2014, was arguably never the same after suffering foot and ankle injuries during the 2015 season.
After the Dallas Cowboys released him after the 2017 season, he then suffered a torn Achilles after latching on with the New Orleans Saints in 2018.
Bryant is now a half-decade removed from his last Pro Bowl season, and it seems rather unlikely that a team will bring him in. The Cardinals are also deeper at receiver after trading a first-round pick for Marquise Brown on Thursday.
Bryant may need to transition into a coaching role if he wants back in the league.