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Dez Bryant says Ravens were wrong fit, wants to play 2 more seasons

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant celebrates after receiving an 8-yard touchdown pass against the New York Giants during the second half of a game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., on December 27, 2020. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant celebrates after receiving an 8-yard touchdown pass against the New York Giants during the second half of a game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., on December 27, 2020. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Veteran NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant said he quickly learned the Baltimore Ravens weren't the right team for him last season and that he plans to play for at least two more seasons.

The Ravens signed Bryant to their practice squad in October and their final 53-man roster in November. He made just six catches for 47 yards and two scores in six games last season after entirely sitting out the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to injuries and being unsigned.

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Bryant detailed his tenure with the Ravens on Tuesday when a Twitter user asked him about offensive coordinator Greg Roman's impact on the Baltimore offense.

"I will speak on my personal experience," he tweeted. "I was in a position where everything was already established.

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"I took advantage of getting myself right. I realized quick [that] Baltimore wasn't the place for me. No bad blood, that's their way of doing things so you gotta respect it."

Bryant said he had good chemistry on and off the field with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, but other players had a better understanding of the team's offensive concepts. He said the lack of organized team activities and training camp last year also had an impact on his development with the team.

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Bryant called the Ravens a "first-class" franchise and didn't rule out a possible future as a wide receivers coach.

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"I plan on playing two more years and that's it for me," he wrote when asked how much longer he wants to play in the NFL.

Bryant, 32, appeared in two Ravens playoff games last season, but did not catch either of his two targets. The three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2014 All-Pro led the NFL with 16 receiving scores in 2014 for the Dallas Cowboys.

Bryant has had three seasons with at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdown catches. The No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft spent the first eight years of his career with the Cowboys. After he was released by Dallas, he signed with the New Orleans Saints for 2018 but a torn Achilles tendon kept him off the field all season.

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