Cowboys’ Jason Garrett ‘happy’ for Dez Bryant after reports of WR’s deal with Saints
FRISCO, Texas – Dez Bryant wrapped up his seven-month NFL hiatus on Wednesday, per multiple reports, including the receiver’s own Twitter account.
Bryant’s had a busy week. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver turned 30 on Sunday, worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday and reached a one-year deal Wednesday through season’s end for the Super Bowl contenders. The 7-1 Saints boast the best record in the NFC South and handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss on Sunday.
They also face NFC East teams in two of their next three contests.
Bryant will return to AT&T Stadium to face his former team on Nov. 29.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett congratulated Bryant on the deal.
“I’m really happy for him and that opportunity,” Garrett said Wednesday morning. “I know it’s important to him. He wants to finish his career strong, done such a great job for this organization, has been an impact player in this league over the course of his eight years playing.
“It seems like a real good opportunity for him and I know it’ll help their team.”
Does Garrett wish Bryant, who owns the Cowboys franchise record with 73 receiving touchdowns, signed with a team Dallas doesn't face in the remaining season stretch?
“I’m happy for Dez,” Garrett reiterated when asked, “happy he has an opportunity to go play and finish the right way. It’ll be a great environment for him to have a big impact.”
The Cowboys released Bryant on April 13 after three seasons of diminished production. Bryant has since bashed those he called “Garrett guys” – players whom he deemed on board with the coach's philosophies – as having advocated for his release.
"I won't put no names out, but they know, and I want them to know I know," Bryant said in April. "I'll shoot them a text message and let them know. Little do they know is, you know, they can wear that 'C' all they want to, but in that locker room … they know who they communicate with. Everybody knows where the real love is at. I'm not throwing anybody under the bus, but that's the difference between me and them."
He also has bashed others in the Cowboys organization on Twitter, including a late-July Twitterstorm where he ripped offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for “garbage ass play calling” and said linebacker Sean Lee and center Travis Frederick played a role in the team cutting him loose.
“Jerry was the only one who was clueless,” Bryant tweeted July 28, in reference to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “(Expletive) was a planned to get me out ask Travis and my brother snake Lee I mean Sean Lee.”
Bryant hasn’t played in nine weeks of this NFL season after declining an April offer from the Baltimore Ravens, per multiple reports, and visiting the Cleveland Browns in August. He has worked out with personal receivers coach David Robinson and focused on what he’s called getting himself right both physically and mentally.
“God got me through some tough times being away from the field,” Bryant posted to Instagram on Sept. 25. “No way I could play with the anxiety depression panic attacks that I was dealing with.”
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