Martavis Bryant to sign with Dallas Cowboys after two short-lived CFL stints

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Martavis Bryant is reportedly signing with the Dallas Cowboys following a four-year absence from the NFL, a period during which he had two short-lived stints in the CFL.

The 31-year-old signed with the Toronto Argonauts on Jan. 25, 2021 and spent the season on the team’s suspended list after failing to report for training camp. He was officially released on Dec. 23, 2021 having never officially joined the team.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound target signed with the Edmonton Elks on Feb. 28, 2022 but was released before training camp got underway. He joined the Fan Controlled Football just prior to being cut by Edmonton, which is believed to have played a role in his release.

Bryant gave an interview shortly after signing with Edmonton and indicated that his decision to play in the CFL was “about proving to people what I can still do.” He played eight games with the Las Vegas Vipers of the XFL in 2023 and made 14 receptions for 154 yards and zero touchdowns.

The Clemson product was originally a fourth-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He recorded 145 receptions for 2,183 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns over five seasons (2014-18) as a member of the Steelers and Raiders. He was suspended for the entire 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and again in 2018 when he violated the terms of his reinstatement. Bryant was recently reinstated for the NFL for a second time.