NFL Network’s Jane Slater and Tom Pelissero reported on August 17 that Dez Bryant is expected to travel to Baltimore in the coming week for a workout with the Ravens.
According to Slater, Bryant reached out to Ravens coach John Harbaugh before April’s draft and brought the idea up again recently. Bryant has been working out in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, catching passes from Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes during the offseason.
When asked about reports of Bryant coming in for a workout, Harbaugh told reporters on August 17 (per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley), “My only comment I have is we’re not commenting on workouts. We’re looking at everybody all the time. Whoever we bring in, once the workout happens, I’m sure that will be announced.
Bryant, 31, was out of the NFL last year as he was recovering from an Achilles tendon after he signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2018. The former Cowboys receiver did not play a game for the Saints and has not played in an NFL game since 2017.
During his time out of the league, Bryant insisted he had no plans to retire and wanted to get fully healthy before attempting a comeback.
Throughout his tenure with the Cowboys, Bryant was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a formidable big body possession receiver. Bryant stands as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown catches (73) and ranks fifth in receiving yards (7,459).
However, at the end of his run in Dallas, Bryant struggled to put up big numbers and gain separation from defensive backs. He earned 838 yards on 69 receptions with six touchdowns during his final season with the Cowboys. While productive, Bryant was not the same number one receiver that he once was.
If the Ravens bring in Bryant, they would be adding a much needed veteran presence and possession receiver to an offense who does not have a receiver older than 27.