Dez Bryant done in Dallas: Cowboys release receiver

5 possible long-term financial outcomes of Bryant Jerry Jones meeting

5 possible long-term financial outcomes of Bryant Jerry Jones meeting

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary-cap relief and the star receiver's declining production outweigh the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team. He will always be a valued member of our family. If they were to select another wide receiver, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan that it would not affect the Bryant situation.

There had been reports that the Cowboys wanted Bryant to take a pay cut from his $12.5 million base salary, but he had said earlier in the offseason that he would not agree to that. "I will always love y'all. forever Dallas in my heart", he tweeted.

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Bryant never lived up to the $70 million, five-year contract he signed after leading the National Football League with 16 touchdowns receiving in 2014.

He's no longer worth almost the $12.5 million he was set to earn this season, never mind accounting for one of the highest cap charges among National Football League receivers.

Injuries were the main reason for his decline, starting with a broken foot in the 2015 season opener.

As for Bryant, it's easy to identify a number of clubs that could have interest, including, yes, the New England Patriots but also the Green Bay Packers, who are undergoing a sea change at receiver after releasing Jordy Nelson and could use another red-zone threat across from Davante Adams.

In the last three season, Bryant hasn't justified his price tag, averaging 678 yards per season with just 17 touchdowns.

He finished the 2017 with 69 catches, 838 yards and six touchdowns, but dropped the second-most passes (9) in the NFL.

They were reportedly interested in free-agent wideout Sammy Watkins before he joined the Kansas City Chiefs in March, and Dallas later brought in receiver Allen Hurns after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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