Prior to the 2020 NFL Draft there was a large contingency of Cowboys Nation dreaming about a reunion between Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were in need of more wide receiver help at the time and Bryant, who is still a fan favorite by many, was rumored to be someone they might be interested in bringing back into the fold. The interest seemed to be mutual, however, that may no longer be the case.
Knowing what we know now, it seems like a long shot the Dallas Cowboys are still interested in reuniting with Dez Bryant. They added former Oklahoma Sooners Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb through the draft with the 17th overall pick, who many believed to be the top WR in the entire draft class. Not only did this move seem to put the kibosh on a Bryant reunion, but the Cowboys then went out and gave Lamb the No. 88 jersey, Dez's old number. Ouch.
The Dallas Cowboys now have Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb as their top three WRs for the foreseeable future. That doesn't exactly leave a lot of room for a player like Dez Bryant. It really wasn't that long ago he was one of the top receivers in the game. Yes injuries plagued him the last few years he suited up, but I think we're probably forgetting just how good he was. Let me remind you…
Before injuries started to plague him, Dez Bryant was one of the most dominant WRs in the entire league. But after adding Lamb, giving away No. 88, and the fact Bryant would have to accept a backup role his return to Dallas seems unlikely right now.
There are only so many balls to go around and the Cowboys already have a plethora of offensive playmakers they need to get involved. Watching from the sideline isn't something I think Bryant would enjoy very much. Having said that though, I'm not so sure Dallas should shut the door completely just yet.
Even as a WR4, Dez Bryant would provide a lot of value with the Cowboys. Behind the top three of Cooper, Gallup, and Lamb their WR position is extremely thin. Adding Bryant would solidify and upgrade the position from top to bottom, while also providing some invaluable insurance and leadership. With him in the mix the Cowboys would have quite a fearsome foursome.
The only question is, would Dez Bryant buy into such an idea? To put it as simply as possible, I absolutely believe he would be on board.
The Dallas Cowboys could easily get Dez Bryant involved enough in the game plan to keep him happy. They could have certain “Bryant” packages and also make him a designated red zone weapon. After all, his calling card as a WR throughout his career has been his ability to go up and out fight anyone for the ball. I highly doubt that skill set has diminished.
And by now I'm sure your thinking about what jersey number Dez Bryant would wear after the Cowboys gave No. 88 to CeeDee Lamb and whether or not that would be a dealbreaker. Anyone that's ever watched Bryant's play would know that probably doesn't matter at all to him. If it meant coming home and suiting up for America's Team again he'd probably have no problem wearing a different number.
I don't know about you, but the more and more I think about a reunion between Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys the more I'm liking the idea. The only question is now, do the Cowboys agree?