Career Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has been released from the team Friday according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
After the Cowboys’ disappointing season that was fraught with controversy surrounding star RB Ezekiel Elliot as well as QB Dak Prescott’s very prominent struggles on the field only a year out of winning 13 games, the Cowboys front office felt the need to move the offense in Dak’s developmental direction and that, clearly, meant getting rid of their former star wide-out Bryant.
Bryant, who has played for the Cowboys since being drafted from Oklahoma State in 2010, only accounted for 6 receiving TDs in 2017, tied for his lowest since his rookie season discounting his 2015 injury-shortened season, and had a career-low 12.1/ypr. The last time we saw Bryant in a relevant role, he was associated with all three of the Cowboys’ turnovers in a must-win vs the Seahawks to close last season.
Earlier today, Bryant took to Twitter to comment on being released:
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 13, 2018
It’s hardpressed to find someone who DIDN’T think this move was coming, especially with the Cowboys signing Allen Hurns from Jacksonville earlier this offseason and rumors are swirling that Dallas could be eyeing Alabama stand-out WR Calvin Ridley in the upcoming NFL draft. Bryant’s 2015 contract meant that in 2018, Bryant would have accounted for a $16.5 million cap hit. With little production on the field and constant side-line baiting, disrupting their offense, the move just made sense.
Prospective targets for Bryant include NY Jets, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Buffalo, Arizona, Tennessee, Green Bay, all of whom have money to spend this off-season, all need WR, and all teams where Bryant can legitimately start.
Bryant made headlines earlier this offseason after the NFL’s rules committee updated their catch rules which retroactively declared Bryant’s infamous “incomplete pass” late in 2014’s NFL Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, as a catch under the new rules.