Dallas Cowboys to Release WR Dez Bryant

After meeting with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the organization has decided to move on and cut Dez Bryant today. The move is in “the best interest of the team” but mostly to save cap room, a total of $8 million heading into next season.

Before today’s meeting, it was speculated that the two sides would discuss a pay cut, but none of that took place, instead, Bryant was let go.

After signing a 5-year, $70 million deal with the Cowboys in 2015, Dez had not been playing to the level of his pay grade lately. He has not recorded more than 900 yards receiving in the past three seasons and has suffered several injuries since the contract (a broken foot in 2015 and tibial plateau fracture in 2016).

Considering his $16.5 million salary cap figure was the second highest in the NFL, the organization didn’t think he was worth the pay on and off the field anymore.

In eight seasons with Dallas, Bryant finished his tenure with the team with 7,459 yards receiving, 513 catches and franchise leading 73 touchdown receptions. He is certainly towards the top in multiple categories in team history, including total yards and receptions.

It is not clear if the Cowboys will be replacing Bryant through the draft or free agency, but Dez is certainly exploring all options, according to his agent.

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