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Baltimore Ravens news: Dez Bryant officially signs with the team

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Update: Dez Bryant announced on social media Tuesday that he has officially signed with the Ravens. He’s now returning to the NFL.

Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant has not seen an NFL field since the 2017 season. The former Dallas Cowboys star was last a member of an NFL team with the New Orleans Saints in 2018 before suffering a torn Achilles. Bryant, 31, will soon be back in the league with the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens plan to sign Dez Bryant to practice squad

Dez Bryant passing his physical is not a guarantee. Neither is his workout going well. Even then, this would qualify as some rather big news for the former Dallas star and the Ravens.

Dez Bryant stats and how he could help the Baltimore Ravens

A first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2010, Bryant averaged nearly 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first five seasons. The former Pro Bowler dealt with injuries over the course of his final three seasons in Dallas, averaging less than 700 yards in the process.

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Now 100% healthy and seemingly in great shape, Bryant could potentially help the Ravens in the second half of the season. It’s going to take some time for Bryant to adjust to the Ravens’ offense. Hence, why he will be signed to the practice squad.

Heading into its Week 7 bye, Baltimore boasts a 5-1 record and is averaging 30 points per game. Baltimore’s leading receiver, Marquise Brown, has tallied 26 receptions for 376 yards thus far on the season. The Ravens’ second-leading pass catcher at the receiver position, Miles Boykin, has just 11 receptions. That’s where Dez Bryant could come in handy for Baltimore.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant during game against the Chiefs
Nov 5, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) warms up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This also seems to suggest that Baltimore will not be in on fellow free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is set to return from his eight-game suspension within a couple weeks.

Whether Dez Bryant has an impact with the Ravens moving forward on the season remains to be seen. With that said, this signing would be big news in the AFC Championship race. That’s for sure.

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