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During his 7 years with the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Dez Bryant saw the San Francisco 49ers as bitter rivals.
But now, after being let go by the Cowboys after the 2017 season, Bryant is seeing red and gold, not silver and blue.
On Sunday, Kendrick Bourne Poly, 49ers wide receiver tweeted the “eyes” emoji at both his current team and Bryant, hinting that he approves of Bryant wearing the gold and red.
Bryant responded quickly.
Bryant, an All-Pro receiver in Dallas, has been working out with some of his former Cowboys’ teammates this spring and has posted videos of his workouts online.
After his split with the Cowboys, the thee three-time Pro-Bowl selection was signed by New Orleans in 2018, but ruptured his Achilles during his first practice with the Saints.
San Francisco does have an opening in the wide receiver department after Deebo Samuel broke his foot.
The question is would Bryant, who’s more of a possession receiver than a speed threat, fit into Kyle Shanahan’s system? The 49ers could thrust in rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk into Samuel’s starting spot since they have similar playing styles, not to mention the fact that Aiyuk is a first-round pick. Other possibilities are Jalen Hurd, Trent Taylor, and Jauan Jennings.
Shanahan used 21 personnel (which is an offensive set that features two running backs, one tight end and two wide receivers, according to Inside the 49) in 2019 and it was effective 55 percent of the time, primarily because the 49ers had the speedy Samuel and 33-year-old WR Emmanuel Sanders, according to Sports Illustrated.
Two years ago, when the 49ers struggled in the red zone, Bryant would have been a better fit thanks to his ability to win one-on-one battles in the end zone.
So, does Bryant still have value? Poly seems to think so.
And so does 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who commented on Poly’s tweet with “Ewww weee that’ll be fun!”
However, he’s not the only one who might throw his hat into the ring.
Former San Francisco legend Terrell Owens (and also a former Cowboy) chimed in after seeing Poly’s tweet.
Poly seemed fascinated with the idea and quote tweeted Owens with the “goat” emoji.