Baltimore Ravens Sign Dez Bryant to Practice Squad

FILE – In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Arlington, Texas. Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is one step closer to playing in the NFL again. The 31-year-old Bryant signed with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 and has been assigned to the practice squad. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dez Bryant is back in the NFL.

The Baltimore Ravens signed the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. Bryant has been out of the league for two years.

Bryant appeared to acknowledge the deal in a tweet Tuesday: “My emotions running high right now… I’m thankful…I can’t stop crying.”

The biggest question is when Bryant will suit up for the Ravens. Baltimore’s wide receivers rank last in the NFL in receptions (58) and receiving yards (737).

Bryant, 31, could become a physical possession-type receiver for reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and can complement the speed of Marquise Brown.

The addition of Bryant might lead to a high-profile reunion on Dec. 3, when the Ravens play host to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. Bryant starred for the Cowboys for eight seasons, totaling 531 receptions for 7,459 yards and a franchise-record 73 touchdown catches.

“Obviously, that’s kind of like an ‘OG’-type guy,” Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said when asked about Bryant on Monday. “He’s been around the league for a long, long time. He actually followed me on Twitter a year or two ago, so I’m excited to meet him, and I’m excited to [be] around him hopefully, and just learn.”

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SOURCE: ESPN, Jamison Hensley