In a surprising move to some, the Dallas Cowboys have officially released their veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant. He has spent all eight seasons of his career with the Cowboys and he desired to stay, but he was owed $12.5 million and counted as $16.5 million against the Cowboys' salary cap.
Bryant had been the Cowboys number one option at wide receiver since he was drafted, mostly because of his great strength and wide 6 foot 2 frame. Recently however, he has not produced as well in terms of receptions or touchdowns. He does not seem to get open as often, and their young quarterback Dak Prescott cannot solely cater to his need for touches.
Despite the Cowboys preaching that this was strictly a business decision, Bryant has taken this news very personally. In fact, he is on a mission to play on a team within the Cowboys division, just so that he can play against them twice a year.
The Cowboys did not negotiate with Bryant about possibly taking a pay cut, and were intent on getting rid of his salary altogether. It is a cutthroat move, but the Cowboys are trying to reserve cap space to restructure their team around Prescott and keep pace with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
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By Joshua Hamer - Contributing Sports Writer