Five years since his last NFL game, Martavis Bryant is back.
The 31-year-old wideout signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, quickly finding a new home after being reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday. Bryant had been suspended indefinitely in 2018 for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement stemming from a drug policy violation, but Goodell is finally giving him another chance.
Based on his first comments after signing with the Cowboys, it sounds like Bryant plans to make the most of it.
Martavis Bryant Comeback
Bryant sounds incredibly optimistic for someone who's been out of the league for five years. While he's kept himself in shape by playing in other leagues such as the Canadian Football League and XFL, none of them can compete with the NFL.
Bryant is 31 now, which is an age where many players are past their prime. A lot has changed over the last five years across the league as well, so there's a very real chance that Bryant won't be able to keep up anymore.
On the plus side, at least his body has avoided a lot of the wear and tear that comes from playing in the NFL. He's also strongly motivated, as he said, to prove himself and show that he still belongs.
It also helps that he's coming into a good situation with Dallas, where he won't be asked to do too much. The Cowboys already have plenty offensive weapons in CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard, Brandin Cooks and Jake Ferguson, so anything Bryant can contribute is a bonus. He'll also have a top quarterback throwing him the ball in Dak Prescott, which doesn't hurt.
Still, the odds are against Bryant reclaiming his status as one of the league's better receivers. We'll see if he can prove us wrong.
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