FRISCO, Texas — After a private workout on Tuesday morning, the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Martavis Bryant, the team announced. Bryant is expected to officially sign to the practice squad on Wednesday.
Bryant, 32, was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday after a five-year suspension for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
He last played in the NFL in 2018 for the Oakland Raiders after a four-year stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His career year came in 2015 when he hauled in 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns.
"He's a guy that's a big, strong, fast receiver that we'll certainly take a look at," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Monday.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said that the evaluation to bring Bryant in for a workout came from assistant director of player personnel Will McClay in evaluating Bryant's 2023 season in the XFL.
After being suspended in 2018, Bryant remained out of football before signing with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 2021. He would never play for the organization after being suspended for not showing up for his first training camp. He was subsequently released the following December.
Bryant was signed by the Edmonton Elks a few months later but would be released again before training camp started.
His next opportunity to touch the field came in the XFL when he signed with the Vegas Vipers after being drafted fifth overall in the XFL Skill Players Draft ahead of the 2023 season. Bryant recorded 14 receptions for 154 yards in eight games for the Vipers.
The signing of Bryant will fill the final available 16-man practice squad spot, joining Tyron Billy-Johnson and Jalen Cropper as the receivers on the practice unit.