It looks like the Dallas Cowboys are ready to part ways with longtime wide receiver Dez Bryant. This afternoon ESPN is reporting that the team is going to release Bryant unless Jerry Jones has a last minute change of heart.
VIa AdaM Schefter
Cowboys expected to release WR Dev Bryant today, barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart, per @toddarcher and me. But the plan going into meeting that is now underway was to part ways with Bryant.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer releasing Bryant would save the Cowboys about 8-12 million against the cap.
Bryant’s declining production and $12.5 million salary would make a deal difficult, but given the money thrown at receivers less decorated than Bryant maybe a team would be willing to part with a mid-to-late pick.
If the Cowboys release Bryant, they can save either $8.5 million or $12.5 million against the cap. The Cowboys could choose to take the entire cap hit this season, saving them $8.5 million in 2018, or they could designate Bryant a post-June 1 cut and save $12.5 million. The only downside to that is Bryant would count $4 million against the cap in 2019.
Despite his troubles on and off the field Bryant was always a fan favorite in Dallas and it appears that he’s going to be missed by Cowboys fans.