Jason Garrett reacts to Dez Bryant’s tweet about Cowboys
Jason Garrett not surprisingly was asked this week about an intriguing tweet on Tuesday from Dez Bryant in which the former Dallas Cowboys — and current free agent — wide receiver expressed an interest in potentially rejoining the team.
Perhaps just as predictable, the Cowboys head coach downplayed any possibility of a reunion coming to fruition.
Bryant, who remains unemployed despite reported interest from a handful of teams during the offseason, took to Twitter to lay out how he views his current situation.
I’ll rather it be the Dallas Cowboys if not I’ll be ready to play somewhere else https://t.co/IRUmDXMZa7
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) October 2, 2018
Garrett, on a conference call with Houston reporters ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Texans, wasn’t keen on giving the story any additional legs.
“We think the world of Dez,” Garrett said, per a tweet from the Dallas News’ Jon Machota. “He was a great player and we have a very close relationship with him, but we’re really just focused on the guys we have on our team right now.”
Cowboys insider Jeff Sullivan noted on Twitter that Garrett was possibly the last man standing when it came to making a push for the Cowboys to retain Bryant instead of cutting him loose.
Worth noting Garrett was the last one among staff and front office arguing to keep Dez. I don’t see this happening though. https://t.co/eWJblytxbP
— Jeff Sullivan (@SullyBaldHead) October 3, 2018
Bryant is said to have been dealing with some off-the-field, personal issues in recent weeks, but reports suggest things are back on track. Further, it sounds like Bryant is prepared to ramp up negotiations with interested teams in the coming weeks.
The general consensus, especially given Garrett’s comments, is that it’s extremely unlikely that a Cowboys-Bryant reunion could ever happen. That said, Bryant clearly remains tight with Jerry Jones — as evidenced by their recent outing together — so who knows what the occasionally impulsive Cowboys owner might do should a realistic opportunity to bring Bryant back into the fold presents itself.
After all, it’s not like the current players who make up the Cowboys’ receiving corps are exactly lighting it up right now.