Dallas cuts Dez

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Mar 27, 2012
Wishing I was in Stillwater
After short meeting with Cowboys, receiver Dez Bryant released

Frank Schwab
Apr 13, 2018 11:39 AM

Wide receiver Dez Bryant had 838 yards for the Cowboys last season. (AP)

It took a while for the Dallas Cowboys to reach a conclusion that seemed probable months ago: Receiver Dez Bryant was released.
After a short meeting with the team, the Cowboys released their star receiver according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The speculation about Bryant having to take a pay cut started months ago. Near the end of the Cowboys season, Bryant replied “Hell, no,” when asked if he would take a pay cut. This wasn’t a new issue for the Cowboys, yet they waited until mid-April, a month after free agency started, to meet face-to-face with Bryant.
let’s start the process #unbothered #ThrowUpTheX
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 13, 2018

Bryant will have value on the open market, but likely not near the salary he was expected to make in 2018. The free-agent crop at receiver was thin yet again, and some teams still have some holes to fill. Bryant has been a controversial figure through his NFL career, and teams will have to take that into account, but he is still a talented receiver, even if he’s not a top-10 NFL receiver anymore.
Bryant has been a mainstay for the Cowboys since 2010, since he was the team’s first-round pick. From 2012-14 he was one of the best receivers in the NFL, with at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns each season. Then injuries cut short his 2015 and 2016 seasons, and he didn’t look like the same player in 2017. He struggled to separate and had just 838 yards in 16 games. Bryant complained about the criticism on Twitter this week, but the Cowboys obviously had questions about whether he was worth his salary anymore.
Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015, at the end of a public dispute about the Cowboys using the franchise tag on him. He was not been a great receiver for Dallas after signing the deal, and his $12.5 million salary seemed excessive if the Cowboys weren’t sure he could rebound to his 2012-14 level.



Territorial Marshal
Oct 16, 2003
Maybe the article should read, Dallas has not been a winning franchise since the Jimmy Johnson/Barry Switzer days. And from a performance standpoint, the entire front office should be released.


Legendary Cowboy
Jun 18, 2008
Dallas, TX
He has become a head case not worth bazillions.
What? How so? In spite of the media always having a boner for trying to find ways to show that he's a trouble maker, he has never done anything wrong. Very motivational on the sideline. His outbursts were always about the team... not about himself. He was a very selfless leader for that team.
Mar 8, 2010
Dallas was headed to the Super Bowl when he got that bad call on the reach across the goal line that the officials ruled short of a TD. That was only two years ago. Things can sure change quickly in the NFL.
Jun 20, 2012
He’s probably not a top 10 wr anymore, but when a QB locates their passes he’s still a game plan guy demanding a double. Last season he spent more time defending should be INTs than threatening defenses. Change of scenery will do wonders if he can learn a new O quickly.
Oct 30, 2007
That's too bad. I loved getting to watch him play every Sunday. I hope he goes somewhere with a good QB like Green Bay, New England, or Philly.

I wonder if the Cowboys will end up drafting James Washington now.
Nov 6, 2010
That's too bad. I loved getting to watch him play every Sunday. I hope he goes somewhere with a good QB like Green Bay, New England, or Philly.

I wonder if the Cowboys will end up drafting James Washington now.
Pats and Packers should both be in the market for a WR. I think he will have a monster year next year personally, if he does end up at a team with a QB.