Dez Bryant: "I'm Not Retiring"

Bryant shared his candid thoughts on his future, Dak Prescott, and Ezekiel Elliott, among other topics

Tiki and Tierney
August 01, 2019 - 6:35 pm

Dez Bryant has not played in the NFL since the 2017 season. That does not mean, however, that his career is over.

“I’m not retiring,” the 30-year-old Bryant said on Tiki & Tierney. “I’m getting myself right. I’m getting myself focused. I need some me time. I just need to get it together.”

Bryant, who has 531 career receptions for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns, said he feels “fine” physically.

“I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I’m pleased with where I’m at,” he said. “I’m just focusing on myself. I’m going to get right. I want to do the things that I know that I can do on the football field, and I need my focus to be 100 percent that. . . . I’m going to get right, and I’m going to go from there.”

Bryant, a first-round pick in 2010, played eight seasons for the Cowboys, including two with Dak Prescott. Many NFL analysts view Prescott – who completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,885 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season – as good, not great.

Bryant is the opposite.

“If you ask me, I think he is elite,” Bryant said. “You got to look at the wins and losses. At the end of the day, I think that’s the only thing that matters. Look what he’s done since he’s gotten to the NFL, so you got to give him credit. He can throw 4-for-18, but if he’s getting the job done, he’s getting the job done. If he’s bringing wins, he’s bringing wins. If he’s going to the playoffs, he’s going to the playoffs. That’s just the way I look at it. He’s a big part of their success. I think they all complement each other. I don’t think anybody can do it without one another. It was a puzzle. They’re only great together. They can’t be separate.”

As of now, though, Ezekiel Elliott is separate. He has two more years left on his deal, but is holding out for more money. Jerry Jones, however, recently said teams don’t need a rushing champion to reach the Super Bowl.

“That situation is quite familiar,” Bryant said. “If you’re feeling a certain way about Zeke, you wasn’t really making this a big deal when he was scoring all those touchdowns. I would say that. For the most part, I think he’s deserved it. He’s arguably the best back in the game. I don’t think anybody would question that. Take care of him so he can be right mentally so he can help win some ball games. That’s just the way I look at it.”

That said, Bryant understands why the Cowboys are slow-playing Zeke’s hold-out. After all, they have to pay Prescott, Elliott and Amari Cooper.

“I can understand (it),” Bryant said. “It’s a business. But at the end of the day, I know they can make it work. If anybody can make it work, they can make it work.”

Click below to listen to Bryant’s interview in its entirety.