Dez Bryant blames coaches, his former teammates who are “Garrett’s guys” for his release

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Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said he would have taken a pay cut if it was offered, but it wasn’t. That just solidified his feeling that some coaches and some former teammates had it in for him.

“I’m not here to bash anybody, but they know, man,” Bryant told Jane Slater of NFL Network. “They know. They know. The way this whole situation got handled, I felt like I asked some of them to be a man about some of the situations a long time ago, and they couldn’t. I’m not talking about no players, because all the players we A1. That’s one thing that we did. We learned from one another. . . . I’m trying my best to sugarcoat it, but I can’t.”

Bryant clarified he was talking about “some of the coaches” and later did talk about some players.

The Cowboys have turned over their coaching staff, and receivers coach Derek Dooley is one of those who left in the offseason. Head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan remain.

“Hey, I’m a direct guy. I only know one way to be. I wake up, sleep, breathe football,” Bryant said. “If somebody don’t like me, I would love to know that. I think you’re supposed to go about it that way, learn how to respect and work with somebody even if you don’t like that person. I did it. . . . I’m not here to bash anybody, but I’ve got to keep it real. I always kept it real. Jerry Jones, he loved me to death, and I loved him, too. I honestly did. I honestly believe in my heart this was a hard decision for him. When it’s five to six guys at a table against one guy, you’ve got to do it. Like Jerry told me in our meeting, he didn’t ask me to take a pay cut. He didn’t want that. That further lets me believe what I thought a long time ago.

“I don’t know. I don’t want to say it’s emotional. I’m not trying to call anybody out, but at the same time, this situation was very unfair to me. It was an unfair situation because if they did want to get rid of me, they could have told me that. They could have told me that, and I would have respected it. Just like I told Jerry in the meeting, I respect his decision.”

Bryant, who had a $12.5 million base salary and a $16.5 million cap number for 2018, was told Friday the Cowboys no longer wanted him. He blames some teammates for working against him, though he would not name names.

“I’ll say this right here: I believe that Garrett’s guys [worked against him]. I would say that,” Bryant said. “I believe that. I truly believe that. I won’t put no names out, but they know, and I want them to know on this air I know. I’ll shoot them a text message and let them know. Little do they know is they can wear that ‘C’ [for captain] all they want to, but in that locker room, they know who they run and they talk to. They know who they communicate with. Everybody know where the real love is at, and I’m not throwing anybody under the bus, but that’s the difference between me and them.”

The Cowboys’ captains in 2017 were Jason Witten, Dak Prescott, Dan Bailey, Tyrone Crawford, Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick also was released this offseason. He signed with Washington.

Bryant is hoping to sign with an NFC East team, too, so he can play against the Cowboys twice a year.

“It’s a new chapter for me,” Bryant said. “It’s a new chapter and I’m ready to play ball, and I think I got an extra boost to want to do good, to want to get my body right, to want to perform at the highest level. I got something to prove to those coaches. I think they done came up with too much talk about me already. I’m ready to just prove them wrong.”

99 responses to “Dez Bryant blames coaches, his former teammates who are “Garrett’s guys” for his release

  1. Dude just needs to hush and sign with another team. His stats were bad the last few years so nothing he says is going to change peoples opinions

  2. This reminds me so much of TO. I love watching dez play, when he’s on. But he hasn’t been able to get seperation and his game is digressing. It reminds me of andre johnson from a few years back. He signed on with a division rival, two in fact, and was the last one to figure out he was out of gas.

  3. “I don’t know. I don’t want to say it’s emotional. I’m not trying to call anybody out, but at the same time, this situation was very unfair to me. It was an unfair situation because if they did want to get rid of me, they could have told me that. They could have told me that, and I would have respected it. Just like I told Jerry in the meeting, I respect his decision.”
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    Umm…… that’s what they did. Dez, just thank Jones and the Cowboys for running cover for you and not dumping you 3 years ago like they should have. After you were drafted Jones had to get a babysitter to follow you around. Be a man and just say thanks.

  4. “Hey, I’m a direct guy. I only know one way to be. I wake up, sleep, breathe football,” Bryant said.

    Except several weeks ago when he was blaming his poor performance the past few season on “not being focused”. The guy is the ultimate excuse merchant.

  5. Dez should pop in a tape of TO during his media campaigns, and understand he is doing himself NO FAVORS. Dez doesn’t even have the resume TO had which allowed for some of the baggage to travel.

  6. “It was an unfair situation because if they did want to get rid of me, they could have told me that. They could have told me that, and I would have respected it.”

    Dude – they DID tell you that. They cut you. Before the draft. Now, respect it.

  7. In between waking up and playing football you also run your mouth on the twits-app, pay fines, go to courts, and forget to attend team medical scans that are for your benefit as much as theirs.

  8. I hate the cowboys and I don’t like Bryant (as a football player, I try not to judge personal issues, try)…but, Dak is not that good, if it was Romo his numbers would be much better. I don’t want him in philly, but even if he had eli – let alone Drew or Aaron, I think he could still hit 100 receptions.

  9. If the football thing doesn’t work out he can always be a butcher, judging by the way he abused the English language. On a good note you can tell he am not having his agent or a lawyer be preparing his statements.

  10. Dez needs to sign a one year deal with the Eagles and then move on to the Niners for a few years. Maybe it’s not really realistic, but it’s the perfect reverse-TO.

  11. Garrett knifed wade phillips, he knifed tony romo and now,he knifes bryant. Convenient scapegoat for his hand picked qb’s lousy performance. It bought the treacherous red head and puppet arm another season but starting to run out of people to blame

  12. I don’t see how his bad mouthing helps him while he’s looking for work. I’d put him next to Kaepernick in the not worth the trouble category.

  13. I am not as disparaging about a guy I don’t know (“what would you expect out of Bryant’s mouth”, I don’t know because I have never spoken to him) but this does kind of cut the cord for me. I was never a fan, and still am not, but throwing people under the bus on your way out is never the way to engender yourself to a future employer.

  14. Those comments right there were probably enough to turn away 4 or 5 interested teams. Some guys never get it

  15. Lol I once worked with a guy like this. An abomination for a human being and love people. It’s all HIM. Thing about cancer is, it’s cancer. It doesn’t know that it’s cancer but it does it’s job and kills anyway. He’ll never get it.

  16. So, it was Dak ? I don’t know, but Dak has a lot to prove this year if he’s going to be a franchise quarterback. As good as Dak’s rookie season was, his second season was bad. Now without a true #1 receiver, we will really find out if he’s the quarterback for the future. The Dak and Dez connection did not work.

  17. Yeah, you knew this was coming. He’s not blaming anyone….except he is blaming everyone. Remember when he said he wouldn’t take a pay cut. Now he’s whining they didn’t ask him to take one. This guy acts like a three-year old. I get the feeling the number of teams that might have been interested in him just decreased by 90%. It does remind me of T.O. and Jeff George. Both could have played more years but teams were tired of their childish behavior. Of course the Bengals did sign T.O. after Dallas so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a Bengal. That would just be perfect. I can only imagine what practice would be like with Bryant, Burfict and PacMan (unless they give him his walking papers).

  18. Rez was asked by a reporter in December if he would take a pay cut. His answer was “ hell no.” Why should the cowboys come to the table with any offer?

  19. It’s an emotional time for Dez and I don’t blame him for being upset. The best thing for him to do is to go to another team that wants him, and help lead them to a super bowl. Put the past in the past and move forward. By the same token, the Cowboys should be happy to move on too. I actually think the team was better without Dez. Maybe he’ll be a better fit somewhere else. I’m not saying everything is perfect in Dallas. Far from it. But today’s NFL passing game is based a lot on precise route running, and making quick reads and good decisions. It’s being in the exact spot your QB thinks you’re going to be. Dez just isn’t that guy. Now if you put him on a team like Pittsburgh, where the defenses are keying on five other weapons, Dez could be a decent 2nd or 3rd WR, and someone to have to account for in the Red Zone. The price would have to be right, and Dez could end up getting that ring. Mike Tomlin would be someone Dez could respect. Big Ben too.

  20. If Dez wants to stay in the NFC East as he’s saying, I think he’d be a nice fit for the NY Giants. He may no longer be a true WR1 but he doesn’t have to be, Odell Beckham is the WR1 over there and everybody knows it. As long as Dez would be ok with being the WR2, the two of them would make for a pretty decent pairing and when you add in Sterling Shepherd to the mix they’d actually have a pretty darn good WR corp over there.

    Add Saquon Barkley as the second pick in the upcoming draft and some expected improvement from TE Evan Engram and the Giants would actually have something special going on over there offensively.

    Just a thought.

  21. I always thought Dak was the reason Bryant’s numbers were down. Then I watched Bryant’s Wk 11 performance against the Eagles. Dez had a fumble and tipped a pass to a defender for an easy pick. Both were drive-killers at critical points, and the game turned into a blowout. If you want to be a diva and a big-mouth then you need to make those plays.

  22. I understand the commenters here who are criticizing him, but it’s got to be very hard to get cut, especially in his situation where he’s been there a lot of years, a lot of emotional attachment there, a very competitive person. Cut him some slack.

  23. Is Bryant just going to keep playing the “poor me” card and blame other players and coaches for his release? I’d like to see him finally man up and take the blame for his mediocre play and childish behavior. He should use this as motivation to go out and have a great season elsewhere,but Dez is one of those guys who thrives on drama and chaos. Can’t live without it. What a waste of ability.

  24. Witten and Lee have become nothing more than company men parrotting anything jerrah or garrett says. When sean lee and witten took a knee they lost me forever. Neither had the courage or conviction of villanueva

  25. He is just a redzone target these days. I am sure his agent has already called to him to shut him up as this is just hurting his earning power.

  26. Gosh what a shocker, a wr declining in skills and a huge contract coming do. Sounds familiar as in Jordy Nelson. The reality is father time always wins

  27. Id LOVE Philly to throw him a 1yr prove it deal with a lot of incentives, like with Alshon. Have Alshon and Dez outside, Nelson slot, Sproles in the backfield, oh so beautiful.

  28. He’s gonna have offers but can his ego handle the pay cut he’s going to have to swallow.
    Would he accept the discount by going to N.E. ?? They don’t have much cap room but they need a WR.

  29. With these diva WR’s it always has to be everyone elses fault. Just take responsibility for the fact that, as soon as you signed your big deal, your production went into the tank.

    When the production isn’t there, the obnoxious behavior becomes even more toxic. At least T.O. always produced at a high level. Dez has no ground to stand on.

  30. A poor man’s version of TO.
    I don’t want to talk, yet I can’t shut up.
    I don’t want to name no one, but I’ll blame everyone else.
    Yawn. New name, same boring game.

  31. That’s why he had problems before and why he may have issues again. A staggering inability for honest self-reflection. I was expecting a few phrases and they are all listed in the article. As for this gem: “Like Jerry told me in our meeting, he didn’t ask me to take a pay cut. He didn’t want that. That further lets me believe what I thought a long time ago.” Dez, he didn’t offer one because the number low enough for them to want you would be insulting and cause an issue. It was not offered because they didn’t really want you.

  32. dblack25 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Dude – they DID tell you that. They cut you. Before the draft. Now, respect it.
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    Actually, hes right; they really screwed him letting him go now. If they wanted to be fair to him they could have told/dropped him when free agency opened. They cost him millions leading him on.

    *I’m NOT a Dez fan. But hes right about they way they cut him. The Cowboys were NOT straight with him, and they cost him allot of money.

  33. As a Skins fan Dez scared the crap outta me. He should sign with Washington and kill Dallas twice a year. Romo > Dak.

  34. You can blame Dak all you want but when your number one receiver has 11 drops (2nd in the NFL) who is the real problem?

  35. Good. He’s an NFL level player, but has had hands of stone for the last two seasons.
    I don’t dislike him, but I’m glad he’s gone.

  36. Thank goodness that Dez is the one keeping it real. Who else could be trusted with telling the world how a team trying to win a Super Bowl would want to weaken their chances because they didn’t like the greatest receiver of his generation? I sure want him on my team, as a team leader. Where else can you get a malcontent, with diminishing skills, who knows better than the coaches as to how to run a football program?

    Here’s the harsh truth Dez, you’re best days are behind you. You aren’t going to be the player you once were. Not everyone lives in the past, while trying to become better in the future. You probably still have truckloads of money, so go and enjoy life instead of making yourself look foolish by blaming everyone else for Father Time.

  37. I’ve been a Cowboy fan since their inception, so I really have a hard time viewing things without some degree of bias. I think Dez had his day in Dallas. I do also believe he’s always been somewhat of a distraction by his behaviors on the field. Of course, I have no idea of his behavior towards teammates in the locker room, or in social settings. I have a feeling that he is considered to be somewhat of a jackass by many of his teammates, and I’m MORE than certain that Garrett won’t miss him at all.

  38. @touchdownamericasteam says:

    This reminds me so much of TO. I love watching dez play, when he’s on. But he hasn’t been able to get seperation and his game is digressing. It reminds me of andre johnson from a few years back. He signed on with a division rival, two in fact, and was the last one to figure out he was out of gas.
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    Except TO is a HOF and his play never suffered.

  39. Who would sign this guy for any kind of money? The Cowboys are lucky to be done with him as would the Giants with Beckham. Time for Bryant to be Yesterday’s News.

  40. What ever happened to the days where a person owned up to his/her own inadequacies? Seemingly no one takes responsibility, for their own failures, any more. It is always someone else who is at fault.

  41. When you’re always the loudest, brashest, braggart in the room, people tire of it and no longer concern themselves with any remaining potential the guy might have. You reap what you sow.

  42. Surprised that even Dez can’t understand he ain’t worth 12+mil this season. Anybody doubt he’ll get signed to a deal for significantly less..??

    You can’t underperform, run your mouth, be a distraction, AND overpaid. Most NFL teams aren’t paying 12+mil for a season of that.

    I hope Dez gets signed & does well. It’s going to be interesting to see how Dallas does this year. I think their future will rely more on Dak’s development, than who he’s throwing to but, it’ll be interesting to see either way.

  43. but, Dak is not that good, if it was Romo his numbers would be much better
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    Dak was #4 in QBR, behind Wentz, Kenum and Brady, yeah he’s not a very good QB…save the hate…

  44. I could careless about an organization deciding to move on from a player. It’s business. I do care however about what their next steps are improving the team.

    Admitting it or not despite how bad Dez seemed to perform last season, he still was better than every receiver on our roster and better than the other receivers signed in frew agency..

    Cutting Dez does not make them better. What you do with his salary, i.e. Earl Thomas trade, or utilizing trades in the drafts will ultimately decide if this move was worth it.

    If the Cowboys dont make noise in the playoffs, expect Garrett Lineahan and then Captains to receive their retirement pension earlier than anticipated.

  45. Give the guy a break. He just got released from his hometown team that he’s played with for his entire career. Emotions no doubt are running high.

  46. Dez should be a spokesperson for Black Lives Matters since they think alike.

    It’s never my fault, it’s always someone else’s fault this happened.

    Accountability, what’s that?

    Root cause, no idea what that means.

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