OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Dez Bryant wants to play two more seasons, but apparently he won’t be with the Baltimore Ravens.
In a series of tweets Tuesday night, the wide receiver explained why he never broke a limited role with the Ravens last season.
“I quickly realized that Baltimore was not the place for me,” wrote Bryant. “There is no bad blood. That is her way of doing things, so you have to respect her.”
Bryant, 32, returned after being out for two seasons and had six receptions for 47 yards and two touchdowns in six games for Baltimore.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection during his time with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant lacked explosiveness with Baltimore and never opened consistently. He finished as the No. 4 wide receiver for the league’s worst passing attack, ranking behind Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Willie Snead IV in the depth chart. Bryant had a total of 129 plays, or 21.5 per game.
Responding to a fan comment that I should have had a better chance, Bryant wrote: “It’s tough. I’ve been gone for almost three years. I showed my skills to the point. [Ravens coach John] Harbaugh asked if he was ready to play because he thought he was ready … You have to learn the playbook … the chemistry with the QB has to be on time. “
When asked if his chemistry was wrong with quarterback Lamar Jackson, Bryant wrote: “Our chemistry was good on and off the field. But it was the guys before me who understood offensive concepts better than I did. that in danger. “
Bryant became the second Pro Bowl wide receiver to miss two full seasons and return to the NFL since the 1970 merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Josh Gordon was the first.
The Ravens exercised Bryant for the first time in August, but he left without a contract because he was told to improve his physical condition. Baltimore brought him back and signed him with the practice team on October 28.
After being elevated twice from the practice squad, Bryant signed to the 53-man roster on November 28. He never eclipsed more than 28 receiving yards in a game and went without a catch in the Ravens’ two postseason games.
“I wasn’t worried about playing time,” Bryant wrote. “I enjoyed it. I met some great teammates, guys that I feel like I’ll be in touch with for a long time. I’m grateful for the opportunity Baltimore gave me.”
The Ravens were not expected to get Bryant back. Improving the wide receiver pool in free agency and the draft was considered one of Baltimore’s priorities.
Bryant, the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft, played eight seasons for the Cowboys. In 113 games, he caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdown receptions, a Cowboys record, before his release after the 2017 season.
When asked if he plans to play in 2021, Bryant wrote: “I plan to play 2 more years and that’s it for me.”