Cowboys cut Dez Bryant

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It’s Dez Bryant‘s last day as a Cowboy.

The Cowboys are cutting Bryant today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

That’s the decision that makes the most sense, given Bryant’s big contract and small production. Bryant is due a base salary of $12.5 million this year, and his level of play simply doesn’t justify anything close to that kind of salary anymore.

Although Bryant was once among the league’s elite receivers, he hasn’t been the same player since signing a five-year, $70 million contract three years ago.

Bryant will now become an unrestricted free agent and will shop his services to receiver-needy teams. He’ll surely find a market for his services, just not a market willing to pay him $12.5 million this season.

128 responses to “Cowboys cut Dez Bryant

  1. He could be a nice #2 to AJ Green in Cincinnati. That could allow John Ross to move around an be used in multiple different positions. That’s assuming Marvin Lewis actually plays him this year.

  2. Wow, another cowboy draft pick that stunk after jerry gives him a big contract…. As a cowboy fan, Jerry pls sell the team or stay on the marketing side with ur clueless salary cap son Stephen.

  3. Falcons? I’d love to see what would happen with him playing across from Julio. That could be interesting. I don’t think they have the cap space though.

  4. I was just checking in to say that Dez would make a great #2 for AJ Green in Cincy, but it looks like someone already beat me to it. Plus it seems the Cowboys and Bengals have loved taking each other’s scraps through the years.

  5. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Come on patriot fans, claim him to your team, we are waiting…….
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    Honestly surprised you beat them to it. Usually the first or second comment is them thinking EVERY free agent is going there.

  6. Shoot. Hate to hear this. While Dez has lost a step recently you cannot throw everything at his feet. Him and DP just havent meshed. I still think he was the most talented WR on the team. And by cutting him he still counts $4mil on the cap and we save $8?

    People may hate him saying he is a distraction but this young man has grown up quite a bit last several years. He may have an occasional sideline outburst but he is playing with passion. Id rather see that than some (soon to be) extremely overpaid prima-donna kicking and punching a kicking net.

    Dez. Make sure you throw up on X for your fans on your way to your next team.

  7. Strange decision to me. It seemed like even if his skills were slipping to where he was no longer able to get separation on the outside like he used to, he was primed to move into the slot and remain productive for a long time – like Anquan Boldin did – because of his size and toughness.

  8. Was an awesome player for a while, but agree that recent production doesn’t justify that contract number.

  9. What ? This is terrible, guess it means the Cowboys are drafting a receiver in the first round, who probably won’t be able to contribute. While Dez probably goes play for another team and wins a Super Bowl….just like DeMarcus Ware. If your a Cowboys player, you must hope that you get cut.

  10. isithockeyseasonyet says:

    April 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Come on patriot fans, claim him to your team, we are waiting…….

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    Patriots on line 1. Come to NE, Dez! How’s that?

  11. No surprise. Cowboys are dead last in cap space. My top three landing spots for Dez: Saints, Colts, Titans

  12. I’m not sure what’s really important to him, there are several playoff caliber teams or he has a good chance had a ring, some teams that have elite quarterbacks he can really grow his stats and his legacy, and there are places that’ll pay them the most money because I don’t have anybody else. It will be really interesting to see what he does now.

  13. Every one hates Dez, but then everyone wants Dez on their team…good luck Dez, thanks for the memories. BTW…we all already officially know that you caught it.

  14. Wisconsin77 says:

    April 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    He would be a great fit in Green Bay if he wants to go for the ring, just as long as we don’t over pay him.

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    How about Green Bay fix the rest of the team before talking about a Ring. How’s that defense coming?

  15. I guess Jerry, oops, I mean Jason wasn’t happy with his performance and not willing to take a salary cut.

  16. This is 100% about the injury. Every single player who has had a lis-franc fracture has turned to glue. It’s worse than tearing your Achilles. It’s nothing about Dez’s talent.

  17. Dez wasn’t the problem, the coaching not being able to utilize players was.

    Look at all of our players that lacked production last year, that SHOULD have had great production – such as Cole B.

    Bad coaching, mad management, IMO.

  18. Although Bryant was once among the league’s elite receivers, he hasn’t been the same player since signing a five-year, $70 million contract three years ago.
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    Isn’t this what typically happens when you give a low character guy a boatload of money?

  19. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Come on patriot fans, claim him to your team, we waiting…….
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    Huge mouth, tiny brain, pedestrian production, seems like he’d be a good fit for whatever team Rex Ryan is coaching this year.

  20. If Dez is willing to accept the same amount of money Brandon marshall gets then they should get Marshall in a heartbeat and sign Dez

  21. Ever since he broke that bone in his foot in the season opener to the Giants a few years back he hasn’t been the same. Not sure will he will land but I could see it being a team like Baltimore or maybe Cincy.

  22. Whatever team comes closest to that 12.5 number will be the one to land him and I dont expect that will be GB unless they cut or restructure Cobb. So ask yourself would you trade Randall Cobb for Dez Bryant?

  23. So his production has dropped off since Romo stopped playing(5 Games since 2015). I wonder if that is just a coincidence.

  24. As an Eagle fan this disappoints me. I wanted him to stay, he never could play he was overhyped since day 1 by Michael Irvin.

  25. How clueless are you people? The Packers are already strapped for cash because of QB (coming up) and receivers, that’s why they let Nelson go. Why in the hell would they get a spendy WR? The Pats? They can find some short white guy to be the star, they don’t need to dish out cash for a washed up Dez, they need defense. He will go to a bottom feeder with a lot of cap space.

  26. LET’S GET THIS OUT OF THE WAY: Dez Bryant hasn’t been the same since the retirement of Tony Romo

    Dez would be GREAT w/ A.J. Green… but… I think Giovani Bernard would be a better #3 wr compared to what John Ross has shown me.

    Giovani Bernard NFL CAREER Statistics:

    9.0 yards per catch

    John Ross COLLEGE CAREER Statistics:

    15.2 yards per catch
    (0.0 yards per catch in the NFL)

    The team needs a REAL tight end (… and an offensive line).

    The management is wasting it again.

  27. Nine years in the league, no playoff appearances…maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs. I think he still has something a lot in the tank.

  28. Michael Irvin at 29 had his best season in the NFL. Dez barely put up half those numbers..Wouldn’t be surprised if he bounced back though.

  29. It is sad. I am a Cowboys fan and believe it is
    the right move. Dez just stopped doing what he
    needed to do …to stay elite.
    I hope he realizes his mistake and gets his act
    together.
    I hope he also keeps his money and doesn’t end
    up broke. Dez came from a very difficult background
    despite it..the Cowboys initially put him in a position to
    succeed. The Jones family are a great family that does
    all it can to help a player succeed. It is sad when you
    see it fall apart.

  30. The headcase was fired. Jerry finally made a good business decision. Maybe that rapture thing they are talking about is legit.

  31. Come to Philly on a 1 year prove it deal. Alshon, Dez….with Mike Wallace in the slot would be nice.

    I feel sick just having said that….I bet DC signs him

  32. Bryant probably has a little left in the tank, but he’s no longer a top receiver. Don’t know if he’s worth the headache to any team unless they are desperate at WR.

  33. As a life long cowboys fan it sucks because they’ll waste a 1st round pick on another wide reciever which is dumb. You don’t build around receiver and running back.

  34. Dez come up to Western NY and join the Bills. We are a team on the rise. Just came off a playoff berth and you can play opposite Kelvin Benjamin with Zay Jones in the slot and Charles Clay at TE. Plus we got Shady in the backfield. With 6 picks in the first 3 rounds we are in good shape. Dez to Buffalo!!

  35. I would like to see Dez score a touchdown against the Cowboys and then go over to the red headed one and start clapping.

  36. Lousy of Dallas to cut him now rather than weeks ago when free agency started. Teams in need of WRs have made their decisions. Jerry clearly waited to now to try squeeze Dez to accept a massive cut. Good luck to Dez moving forward.

  37. Cleveland at the right price. Dez has to realize that he will not be making elite money. Put Dez, Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry together (goodbye Coleman) with a solid line, decent running backs and a (possible) great QB and Cleveland finally becomes a winner. Plus if we get Chubb imagine the D with Miles on the other side. Whoa.

  38. @ndallasruss says:

    Strange decision to me. It seemed like even if his skills were slipping to where he was no longer able to get separation on the outside like he used to, he was primed to move into the slot and remain productive for a long time – like Anquan Boldin did – because of his size and toughness.
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    A $12M per year slot receiver? Only Cleveland will pay that much…see Landry,Jarvis.

  39. @sandersmarcus10 says:

    Jacksonville?
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    Absolutely…with Coughlin and Marrone…two of the most old-school people still in the game? Not a chance. Then factor in Blake Bortles…if he thought Dak was bad.

  40. Like Terrell Owens, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Oakland are among the NFL backwaters that are ideal for this tired waste of athletic talent to wash himself out of the league. At least Owens had a significant body of accomplishment in SF and Phila before beginning his decline. Bryant might have succeeded in a more together organization, but as with Owens, the structure was not there in Dallas to accommodate this level of divahood.

  41. donna858 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    Falcons? I’d love to see what would happen with him playing across from Julio. That could be interesting. I don’t think they have the cap space though.
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    Sanu fills that role better than Dez could have ever done on his best day at the zenith of his abilities.

  42. He isn’t good enough to play at a level he probably believes he can still play. Someone will overpay him. His problems off the field might reemerge elsewhere. I wouldn’t want him on my team.

  43. Mr. Wright 212 says:

    April 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Watch the Giants cut Marshall and sign him HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    _________________

    The Giants would just be replacing one under-productive diva with another if they were to do that.

  44. Wisconsin77 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    He would be a great fit in Green Bay if he wants to go for the ring, just as long as we don’t over pay him.
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    Thanks for the laugh. That’s a good start to the weekend.

  45. imaduffer says:
    April 13, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I would like to see Dez score a touchdown against the Cowboys and then go over to the red headed one and start clapping.
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    Do you mean Howdy Garrett? What would be the point of that?

  46. Dez will have a lot to prove and play with a huge chip on his shoulder this coming season. Some team is going to pickup a very angry and motivated player.

  47. Dez Bryant is code for : Diva Brat. He is what he is and now that his play has slipped, teams are just not all in on him as they once were. He’ll get a flier from someone.. definitely can see that moron Dan Snyder and moron #2 Bruce Allen salivating over getting him to Washington.. yea Dez with Alex Smith as his qb… what could go wrong?

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    isithockeyseasonyet says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Come on patriot fans, claim him to your team, we are waiting…….
    ————-

    Honestly surprised you beat them to it. Usually the first or second comment is them thinking EVERY free agent is going there.

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    I think its because Pats fans are better at understanding football.. The Patriots receiving corps is stoked already. It would not make sense to use another roster slot for Dez.

    He will have some good value to a team at a more fair price. There are several that have the space and could use him. He might be declined but he’s certainly not done.

  49. patsfan1820 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    No thanks too much bad press comes from Bryant plus he is on the decline. If I had to guess I’d say the Raiders or Packers pick him up.

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    Raiders just got rid of Crabtree because of personality. They aren’t going to take on a bigger Prima Donna. They better freakin not anyway…

  50. What team can’t use a receiver that runs bad routes, has no speed, throws a fit on the sidelines about not getting the ball enough, and then drops the ball when it is thrown to him?

  51. He’d be great on our scout team in Philly. Come on Howie, sign him to the practice squad. Maybe he can challenge Shelton Gibson for some special teams reps! Hahahahaha!!!’

  52. Wisconsin77 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    He would be a great fit in Green Bay if he wants to go for the ring, just as long as we don’t over pay him

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    GB gets rid of Jordy, who Rodgers and him had incredible chemistry, to sign Dez? No he wouldn’t be a great fit.

  53. Hell! I’d take him in Philly green. Given his mental attitude at this point, that’d be at least a guaranteed two NFCE wins.

  54. I called this MONTHS ago, yet I kept getting downvoted every time I mentioned Dez was done in Dallas. So long you overpaid Diva. Calvin Ridley is comin to Dallas.

  55. bradygirl12 says:

    Nine years in the league, no playoff appearances…maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs. I think he still has something a lot in the tank.
    *********************************************************************

    i suggest you do some research before you make a comment that is totally incorrect and dumb too.

  56. His lack of production is the result of a QB that doesn’t throw like a pro should? He will be back to his potential if he gets the right QB.

  57. It’s time to fact the facts. Dez’s time in Dallas was done. Dez was never a great route runner and never had speed to burn. Dez’s value was his ability was to separate from the defended at the last minute, get airborne, and bring down a catch. Last year telling fact was Dez didn’t get any separation from his defended, couldn’t jump for the ball, and couldn’t make the catches he did during his hey days. Dez got what he was looking for with his last contract from JJ.

    Whether moving on to a different team will motivate him again is anyone guess, or maybe he has just lost the abilities he once had. Moving Dez to the slot is NOT the answer. For the most part slot receivers need to separate quickly from their defender, in case of a blitz or a needed short 3rd down play. This was never a Dez asset. Dez’s value to the team had been going down. Having Dez take a pay cut really wasn’t an option. What made Dez, Dez just wasn’t there anymore. Finally JJ realized that fact and gave him his walking papers after he talked with Dez. It was simply time to move on.

  58. TO didn’t have great hands either. Admittedly, he is the type of guy that is better with a veteran QB. So he still has a bunch of options. As a fan, Jacksonville and the Rams intrigue me, but Atlanta and Minnesota are the best fits.

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