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.
For months, speculation about Bryant’s future in Dallas has been on the forefront of both local and national sporting news.
Bryant said earlier this offseason that while it didn’t force him to miss any time, knee tendinitis bothered him throughout the 2017 campaign. The team’s followers had visions of the Super Bowl greatness of quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin finally being recaptured. Bryant is likely going to ask for a somewhat decent payday considering his status in the NFL.
From Bryant’s perspective, joining the Jets doesn’t make much sense either.
The move could be worth it though because Bryant is a big upgrade. He has dealt with injuries in two of the last three seasons. The referees initially signaled touchdown, but would eventually rule Bryant out-of-bounds, as his fingertips touched the marker as he braced himself for the fall. In the last two seasons, Beasley has earned a combined 116 targets and has 111 receptions with 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns during that span. The Eagles have less room under the salary cap than any National Football League team, according to Spotrac, and their current wide receiving corps was good enough to win the Super Bowl just two months ago.
Rumors of an Earl Thomas trade have been swirling all offseason, spurred in part by Thomas’ brief visit outside the Cowboys’ locker room in December, his contract comments at the Pro Bowl, and Seattle’s drastic turnover on the roster.
The mercurial Bryant grew a lot – on and off the field – from the 24th overall pick out of Oklahoma State in 2010. The team has just over $5 million in salary cap space, which likely won’t be enough to lure in the ninth-year wideout to join the mix. ESPN’s Mike Rodak said the following about the Bills potentially signing the wide receiver. The team that Earl Thomas went over to at the end of the game and yelled for Jason Garrett to come get him at some point.
Granted, his touchdown numbers are solid, with 17 the past three years. “I’ll shoot them a text message and let them know”. If I were to choose a sleeper pick, I’d say the Baltimore Ravens. Who knows, maybe he’ll stay in his own division.
Bleacher Report is already (somewhat jokingly, we think) suggesting that he should go play for the rival Philadelphia Eagles. I did it for seven years. It was around then that I developed my love for reading magazines and the writing that was in them. from then on it has been my goal to become an automotive journalist.