Barely more than a calendar year after releasing franchise quarterback Tony Romo, the team has now opted to part ways with another legendary player by way of wide receiver Dez Bryant. The All-Pro was notified in his short, yet highly-anticipated meeting with owner Jerry Jones he would bereleased from the team. Bryant took to social media shortly thereafter to make his love for Cowboys’ fans as clear as ever, noting the decision was not his to make — furthering if it had been, he’d still be with the team.
Jones, however, did have an obvious say and in his official statement, he noted there were several individuals in the front office who felt Bryant needed to be cut:
As an organization we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit and contributions to this team for the past eight years. He will always be a valued member of our family.
Dez and I share a personal and professional relationship that is very strong, and he is one of just a handful of players with whom I have become that close to over the past 30 years. This was not an easy decision. It was made based upon doing what we believe is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys.
We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization. Ultimately, we determined it was time to go in a new direction.
It’s anyone’s guess where Bryant goes from here, but an exclusive report from Mike Fisher of Dallas Cowboys on 247Sports suggests he’s now looking to land in a situation where he plays against the Cowboys this season. In what could be a nightmare twist for the team, he’s even alluding to potentially remaining in the NFC East, a move that would give him the added ability to play against his former team at least twice per season — to no doubt remind them often of the mistake they’ve made.
“If I didn’t have my edge I got it now,” said Bryant. “I’m sorry they got to feel me it’s personal… it’s very personal.”
This is a saga that’s far from over and one the Cowboys set themselves up for by also waiting until the first major waves of NFL free agency had already died before sending Bryant packing. Despite the emotional formality of Jones’ words, the actions of the club don’t exactly mirror his sentiment as of late and if you don’t think this will all play into the mind of a disgruntled Bryant, you’re about to find out just how wrong you are.