Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Cowboys release Dez Bryant after Jerry Jones meeting, report says

Cowboys release Dez Bryant after Jerry Jones meeting, report says

The meeting between Bryant and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was meant to straighten out the receiver's contract situation.

It's also interesting to note that the Cowboys have a lot of money tied up in players who will not play for them this season.

Dez was asked in December if he would consider taking a pay cut. Bryant was owed $12.5 million for 2018, representing a $16.5 million hit against the cap.

The free agent-to-be took to his Twitter account to express his gratitude to the organisation and it's fans, as well as a willingness to kickstart "the process" of finding himself a new National Football League home.

Bryant zeroed on on the "several voices" part because he's likely aware of his detractors in the organization.

Could Dez Bryant throw up the X at New Era Field in 2018? The free-agent crop at receiver was thin yet again, and some teams still have some holes to fill.

The next year, Bryant and his entourage got kicked of NorthPark Center in March because mall security didn't like their sagging trousers, and the wide receiver was sued over an unpaid $500,000 jewelry bill.

His best years came from 2012-2014.

Can Bryant rebound to his Pro Bowl level?

The first team on the list was Buffalo. Even the diminished version of Bryant we saw last season still managed to catch 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns - leading the Cowboys in all three categories - and he won't turn 30 until November. Since then, he missed 2015 with a broken foot, was in and out of the 2016 season with a tibial plateau fracture and was also quiet in 2017 with an injury.

Bryant, Irvin and Pearson all wore the No. 88 jersey for the Cowboys. The tape never materialized, and the rumor surfaced just as the Cowboys were negotiating a long-term contract with Bryant. The potential matchup between Dez and the Cowboys young defensive backs is a mouthwatering prospect, as is the thought of him lining up in a uniform belonging to the Eagles, Redskins or Giants in Dallas.

What will the Cowboys do next?

Now, for the first time in his career, he's on the open market, leaving the Cowboys receiving corps in disarray.

The Cowboys have signed former Jacksonville receiver Allen Hurns and former Chicago WR Deonte Thompson, as well as hosting some high profile pre-Draft visits with receiving talent Christian Kirk, DJ Moore and Calvin Ridley.

The Cowboys will find someone, or a few people, to take Bryant's spot.

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