Wide receiver Martavis Bryant was recently reinstated by the NFL, and now he’s reportedly set to make his return to the league after agreeing to join the Cowboys, in a news break first reported by renowned NBA insider Shams Charania.
Bryant is reportedly set to join Dallas’s practice squad after a successful visit and workout with the team on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old last played in the NFL in 2018 with the Raiders when he was handed an indefinite suspension from the league, which stemmed from multiple violations of the league’s substance of abuse policy. Bryant was reinstated from that suspension this weekend.
Typically, it would be an NFL insider such as Adam Schefter or Ian Rapoport breaking the news of Bryant’s return to the league. Instead, it was Charania providing the first report that the Cowboys were signing the veteran wide receiver.
Breaking news in the NFL: The Dallas Cowboys are signing newly-reinstated wide receiver Martavis Bryant to a contract, according to sources. Bryant, who last played for the Raiders in 2018, had 17 touchdowns and 2,183 receiving yards in 44 career games. pic.twitter.com/vWafe37r3J
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 7, 2023
Fans on social media were extremely confused to see that Charania, the lead NBA insider for The Athletic, had forayed into football with a relatively big scoop.
SHAMS ANNOUNCING A MARTAVIS BRYANT SIGNING IN THE YEAR OF 2023?? https://t.co/qopPYsSTrM
— Nico (@elitetakes_) November 7, 2023
I don't know what's weirder, Martavis Bryant getting signed in 2023 or Shams being the one to announce it https://t.co/lYev3BDKR0
— AP 🌵𓅓🍎 (@Light_2610) November 7, 2023
Shams breaking NFL news because Woj breaking the Harden trade while he was sleeping traumatized him https://t.co/BIEpfEG0xu
— Subscribe to the You Know Ball Patreon (@TrillBroDude) November 7, 2023
Shams breaking Cowboys news, somehow only the 2nd most surprising name involved with this story. https://t.co/7TZsLE55iW
— David Helman (@davidhelman_) November 7, 2023
Shams and Jerry Jones are bored https://t.co/IiJ0pMW4QS
— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) November 7, 2023
— theScore Bet (@theScoreBet) November 7, 2023