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January 21, 2020 3:32 PM UTC

Why the Cowboys Would Be Ridiculously Stupid to Sign Dez Bryant

Should the Dallas Cowboys bring back Dez Bryant and let him take over the role Jason Witten played in the offense last season?

  • Should Jason Witten join Jason Garrett in New York, the Cowboys will need a red-zone threat.
  • Dez Bryant volunteered for the role and said he would sign if the Cowboys made him an offer.
  • Signing him would be a dumb idea – so foolish, in fact, that the Cowboys will probably do it.

Ex-Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant hasn’t pulled any punches about his former employer since they ditched him in early 2018. His disdain for now-fired Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was even less of a secret.

But Garrett is now gone—and Jason Witten may not be far behind. That possibility led Bryant to float the idea of a Cowboys comeback:

Source: Dez Bryant/Twitter

Why Adding Dez Bryant Is Tempting

Bringing Jason Witten out of retirement did not have the impact the team had hoped. While Witten hasn’t announced his plans for 2020, rumor has it that he may be interested in joining Jason Garrett with the New York Giants.

Should that happen, Witten’s “role” in the offense would be open.

Perhaps those snaps should just go to Blake Jarwin, but having a guy like Dez Bryant in that role does have merit. Witten is about four inches taller and 40 pounds heavier, but Bryant is faster, more athletic, and more of a ball-hawk than Witten ever was.

Fans could always count on Bryant to fight for the ball—and he usually won. That’s what you want from a receiver when you enter the red zone.

Is he physically ready for the NFL grind? Based on his training videos, it seems like the answer is yes. But we won’t know fur sure until someone brings him in for a workout.

Since he is willing to play a reduced role, it sounds like the team should do its due diligence and bring him in.

Right?

Why the Cowboys Would Be Stupid to Do It

Could Dez Bryant bring something to the table for the Cowboys offense? Absolutely. His ability to play was hardly ever in question. When he was released, his contribution in Scott Linehan’s offense just wasn’t worth what the Cowboys were paying him.

That, combined with his tantrums, turned him into an expensive distraction.

So, why should anyone believe this time is going to be any different? Yes, he is saying all the right things. At least some of the time.

In an interview with SI.com, he talked about “respecting” his role. Then he pivoted to saying that Jason Garrett’s firing meant he wouldn’t need to be “limited.”

The question the Cowboys must answer is whether Dez Bryant is really willing to be a role player. That means regularly being the third option. That means not getting targeted for entire games.

Can he keep his infamous ego in check and contain the “passion” that led to those embarrassing sideline tantrums?

 

Maybe.

But Mike McCarthy needs to build his version of the Dallas Cowboys – a new and better version. Welcoming back a piece of the failed puzzle from the Jason Garrett era would risk bringing back the drama. The last thing Mike McCarthy needs is more drama – or even the possibility of it.

Dez Bryant is an important part of Cowboys history, but he’s not a piece of their future. McCarthy needs to make sure he stays in the past.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

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Last modified: January 23, 2020 11:35 AM UTC

Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.

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