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Cowboys Release Wide Receiver Dez Bryant

April 13, 2018 - 11:28 am

FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - After months of speculation, the Dallas Cowboys have released Dez Bryant, the team announced Friday.

Ben Rogers of 105.3 The Fan confirmed that Bryant had been released, prior to the Cowboys announcement. 

The news comes after Bryant finally met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at The Star in Frisco.

Later Friday, Jones released the following statement to announce that the club was indeed releasing its star receiver:

"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 our organization. Ultimately we determined it was time to go in a new direction."

Bryant was set to earn a $12.5 million base salary and had a $16.5 million cap number for 2018. The Cowboys will save $8 millon against the cap by cutting the wideout. 

According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, Bryant wasn't asked to take a pay cut in the meeting and was simply notified that he was being cut. 

105.3 The Fan Cowboys insider, Mickey Spagnola, tweeted that Bryant walked out saying, "I'll see you guys twice this year."

Shortly after the meeting, Bryant tweeted, "let's start the process #unbothered #ThrowUpTheX."

Bryant followed that tweet up with one addressed to the fans, saying, "Cowboy nation I need you to know this wasn't my decision.. I will always love y'all... forever Dallas in my heart."

Bryant, selected by Dallas in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, amassed 531 catches for 7,459 yards in his eight-year career with the Cowboys. The Lufkin native is the club's all-time leader in touchdown receptions (73).

His release leaves the Cowboys with a receiving core of Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown and Deonte Thompson. It also creates a very likely scenario that sees the Cowboys select a wide receiver in the upcoming NFL draft. 

According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, Alabama's Calvin Ridley and SMU's Courtland Sutton are among some of the receivers that were supposed to come to The Star in Frisco for official visits.