5 Most Likely Destinations for Dez Bryant With Potential Return to NFL

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during warmups before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Dez Bryant, who spent eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, is looking to get back to the NFL. After his release from the Cowboys in April 2018, Dez latched on with the the New Orleans Saints last season, however he never saw the field for them, tearing his Achilles tendon during practice just two days after signing a contract.

Bryant is apparently healthy, after months of rehab, and said he's ready to get back to playing football. He took to Twitter to let the world know just how serious he is about returning to the NFL.

With this in mind, here are five NFL teams that could potentially sign Dez.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost a ton of offensive firepower over the past year. Le'Veon Bell signed with the New York Jets, Antonio Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders and Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2. The one remaining piece the Steelers have, in JuJu Smith-Schuster, has been underwhelming so far in 2019, to say the least. His 33 catches for 459 yards and three TDs through Week 9 are a far cry from the 11 catches for 1,426 yards and seven TDs he racked up last season. Bringing in Bryant would add another experienced receiver and red zone target to both help out first-year starting quarterback Mason Rudolph and take some attention away from JuJu.

2. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens expressed interest in Bryant last year, going as far as offering him a contract (which he ultimately declined). They're still in need of help at wide receiver on a team where a tight end is their leader in receiving yards (Mark Andrews with 470). Dez would give Lamar Jackson another resource and potentially open the deep ball more for rookie Hollywood Brown. Plus, if Dez wants a chance to win a Super Bowl and just "contribute," then Baltimore would be a perfect place to do it.

3. Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders gestures as he leaves the field following a win against the Detroit Lions at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Yes, Tyrell Williams has performed above expectations and Darren Waller is arguably the biggest breakout at tight end this season, but bringing in a veteran like Dez could be a nice fit for a team that seems to still lack some consistency in its passing game. At the very least he would provide depth and a likely upgrade over the team's No. 2 WR, Zay Jones.

4. Green Bay Packers

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03:   Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up prior to a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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There were plenty of rumors at the trade deadline that the Green Bay Packers were going to make a deal for a wide receiver. Now that the deadline has come and gone, and no deal was made, Bryant could be the right WR to slot into the Packers' offense down the stretch. He would provide both depth and insurance for a receiving corps that has already dealt with a ton of injuries this season. And when healthy, this Packers team is good enough to make a Super Bowl run.

5. Dallas Cowboys

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 10:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown with Dez Bryant #88 in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during the game at MetLife Stadium on December 10, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Dez going back to Dallas might sound crazy, but at this point, it could actually work. By all accounts, Bryant and the Cowboys parted ways amicably. Jerry Jones has spoken highly of him multiple times since his departure and Dak Prescott has matured immensely since Bryant left. The Cowboys do have two great receivers already on the roster in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but they're noticeably missing that solid third option, vacated when Cole Beasley signed with the Buffalo Bills this past offseason. If Bryant is healthy and there are no hand feelings in Dallas, then why not?

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