Dez Bryant hasn't played in an NFL game since 2017, but the intrigue surrounding his prospective return has been roaring loudly ever since his last appearance. He had a failed stint with the Saints in the middle of the 2018 season, as he tore his achilles immediately after his signing. He spent a large portion of 2019 recovering from the injury and couldn't find any suitors. All the social media posts, video workouts and murmurs about his healthy status couldn't do the trick.
But 2020 is a new year, and the buzz has gotten louder once again. It's not only the rumor mill that's generating this buzz, either. It's the current stars of the NFL -- in this specific case, the 49ers -- who are asking for the three-time Pro Bowler to get back on the field.
The lead wide receiver for the Niners heading into 2020, Deebo Samuel, suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot and underwent surgery in a less-than-stellar start to the offseason, which likely spurred Bourne's eyebrow-raising tweet. The Niners drafted Brandon Aiyuk in the draft, which helps, but Samuel's injury plus the departure of Emmanuel Sanders means that Jimmy G's receiving corps could definitely use some work.
Is Dez Bryant the answer? He could be. In his eight-year career, he went over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. The last 49ers wide receiver to do that? You have to go all the way back to 2002, when one Terrell Owens pulled off that achievement for the third consecutive season. Is it a coincidence, then, that not long after the 49ers-Dez Bryant tweets surfaced, T.O. entered the conversation?
Never mind that Owens responded at 2:43 in the morning. I don't know what's going on here, but what I do know is that a receiving corps featuring Dez Bryant and Terrell Owens in 2020 fits right into the mold of the complete unpredictability of this year so far.
He's only, what, 47 years old? Psh. Age is just a number. He was 45 when he commented that he could still be a threat when 49ers GM John Lynch commended Owens for his support of the Alzheimer's Association.
I can't wait to see where this all goes.