The Dallas Cowboys Offer Martavis Bryant a Shot at Redemption

The NFL signed Bryant to the practice squad on Tuesday. He was previously suspended by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement multiple times over the last five years and was eventually reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday. Prior to the signing, Bryant had only played for the XFL’s Vegas Vipers earlier this year. If Bryant is close to as fast as he was with the Steelers, he could provide a lift for the Cowboys’ offense. Speed is always a valuable commodity in the NFL, especially with a player his size. That being said, given his age and limited recent playing experience, it’s unlikely that Bryant will single-handedly elevate the Cowboys to the top of the playoff picture. However, just suiting up for a single game this season would be a huge achievement. Furthermore, the hope is that Bryant’s behavior has improved since his NFL departure. He was previously suspended, in part for substance abuse. As a player in his 20s, Bryant made mistakes that came with a heavy cost, including missing the prime of his NFL career. However, now he still has a chance to make a better impression and be remembered for his on-field accomplishments.