Wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who last played in Week 10 of the 2018 NFL season, is poised for a comeback. The Dallas Cowboys are set to sign Bryant to their practice squad, as per a report by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday.
A fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bryant’s NFL journey took a tumultuous turn when he was indefinitely suspended by the league in December 2018. This suspension came about due to his violation of the terms of his conditional reinstatement following a prior ban. That earlier suspension was imposed for the entirety of the 2016 season and was related to multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
However, recent reports from NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero indicated that Bryant had been reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Subsequently, on Monday, it was reported that Bryant was heading to Dallas for a workout.
Known for their willingness to take calculated risks, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, are bringing Bryant aboard to assess his current abilities and his commitment to staying within the bounds of the league’s rules.
Standing at 6-foot-4, Bryant exhibited remarkable big-play skills and a knack for finding the end zone during his initial two seasons with the Steelers from 2014 to 2015, accumulating a total of 14 touchdowns, which included an impressive 94-yard touchdown reception in his rookie year.
Despite serving a four-game suspension at the start of the 2015 season for a substance abuse policy violation, Bryant managed to put up his most statistically impressive season, amassing 50 receptions for 765 yards and a total of seven touchdowns.
Following his full-season suspension in 2016, Bryant played one final season with the Steelers before being acquired by the Raiders through a trade. His stint with the 2018 Raiders was less productive, recording just 19 catches for 266 yards and no touchdowns in eight games.
Since his suspension in 2018, Bryant has been absent from the NFL, and this past summer, he played for the Vegas Vipers in the XFL.
Impressed by his performance in Tuesday’s workout, the Cowboys are hopeful that they may witness a remarkable comeback story with Martavis Bryant.