Dez Bryant Says He Isn't Retired and Wants to Play with Kyler Murray, Cardinals

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 1, 2022

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 03: Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) in action during the game against the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on January 3, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Dez Bryant is still angling for an NFL comeback.

The three-time Pro Bowler told TMZ Sports he's still hoping to land with an NFL team, specifically the Arizona Cardinals.

"I'd love to play for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Kyler [Murray], [Kliff Kingsbury]—I love the swagger over there," Bryant said. "I just love the guys, especially DeAndre Hopkins—that's my boy. We real close."

Bryant, 33, has not played in the NFL since a six-game stint with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020. Those are the only six games he's played since the end of the 2017 season.

Bryant, who posted three straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2012 to 2014, was arguably never the same after suffering foot and ankle injuries during the 2015 season. He never reached 900 yards over his final three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before his release after the 2017 campaign. He then suffered a torn Achilles after latching on with the New Orleans Saints in 2018.

It seems unlikely any team will be willing to bring Bryant in for a shot at this point. He did not look like a player ready to contribute two years ago during his time in Baltimore, and he's a half-decade removed from his last Pro Bowl season.

The Cardinals are also deeper at receiver after trading a first-round pick for Marquise Brown on Thursday.

It's possible Bryant could come into the organization in a coaching or consulting role, but his days as a wideout are likely over.