Dak Prescott on Dez Bryant’s release: That’s not my decision

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Dak Prescott said he didn’t have anything to do with Dez Bryant‘s release, lacking the power, after only two seasons in the league, to influence personnel moves. The quarterback said he and Bryant have exchanged text messages.

“I’m in my second year,” Prescott said Saturday night, via multiple reports. “As much as you want to say, ‘I want a say-so’ or this and that, those guys get paid a lot more than me. That’s what those guys get paid to do. That’s not my decision.”

Bryant, in an interview with Jane Slater of NFL Media on Friday after his release, blamed players and coaches he labeled as Jason “Garrett’s guys” for his departure. He didn’t name names, but insinuated a captain or captains worked against him.

Prescott was one of the Cowboys’ two offensive captains last season along with Jason Witten.

“I mean I’m sure he’s hearing stuff, and I’m sure he’s getting it from a lot of different ways so I mean I’m not going to finger-point at anybody,” Prescott said. “I’m not going to get upset for who he’s pointing at or who he thinks did this. So I mean, as I said, it’s a business, and it’s part of it.”

Prescott and Bryant never got on the same page on the field. The receiver made $22 million in base salary the past two seasons combined but caught only 119 passes for 1,634 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2014, with Tony Romo as his quarterback, Bryant caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns, which helped earn him five-year, $70 million deal in the 2015 offseason.

Still, Prescott said it’s tough to see Bryant go, calling him “like a brother to me.”

“Dez is gonna be a hard guy to replace,” Prescott said. “He’s a talented guy. He’ll be missed.”

In January, the Cowboys first presented the possibility of Bryant’s release when executive vice president Stephen Jones was asked about Bryant’s $12.5 million base salary and $16.5 million salary cap number. The team’s signings of Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns and its obvious interest in Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley further signaled the end was near for Bryant.

“He was a great player,” Prescott said. “He did a lot of great things for us obviously. He was a guy man-to-man you’d go to. At this point, we’ve got to figure that out with the guys we’ve got. I’m sure we’re going to go after guys in the draft or free agency. Who knows? All I can do is continue to get better at my job and just do the best I can do.”

The Cowboys didn’t offer Bryant a chance at a pay cut, with Jerry Jones informing Bryant of his release Friday. Prescott found out while working out after players saw it on the ticker.

“I knew of speculation, I think as all of us knew,” Prescott said. “I didn’t know necessarily that it was happening. I can’t say I thought that it would fully happen. As I said, it’s a business, and it just puts everything in perspective.”

49 responses to “Dak Prescott on Dez Bryant’s release: That’s not my decision

  1. You’d have to be an owner or GM and know the financials to make that decision. Just place the blame on someone else. Hopefully, he’ll understand why decisions like these are made.

  2. I notice Dak wasn’t asked or volunteer that he never discussed with the front office anything about Dez. He says it wasn’t his decision, which clearly is a true statement. Only Jerry Jones makes the decisions. That is like Garrett and Steve Jones coming out and saying they didn’t make the decision either.

  3. Dak said “I’m sure he’s hearing stuff from a lot of different directions”.. Translation: Everybody knows I wanted you gone. Who will Dak over throw now?

  4. With his cap number, he was statistically one of the worst receivers in the league last year. Anybody who wants this guy is asking for big trouble.

  5. You don’t say? I wouldn’t of figured a qb could make a decision for an organization like that.

  6. Even if Dak didn’t ask for his release, his failures at QB made Dez look bad and definitely contributed to his release.

  7. I always thought of of Bryant as a pain to the team. There’s no doubt that’s why he’s gone. It’s to bad Jones put one player above the team all those years.

  8. The players have been put on notice. The star WR wasn’t even offered a pay cut. The 2014 cowboys hashtag was #finishthefight. 2018 will be #shutupandplay . The diva sidelines drama queen has left the building. No way the Jones were going to allow for Dez’s rants to continue disrupting the 2016 rookie of the year’s production. Good riddance!

  9. jerry jones stuck it to him
    we all knew he was likely on the move
    they held onto him, deliberately screwed him over
    it was personal, mean spirited, but this is what the Dallas cowboys are all about

  10. Prescott is the most overhyped, overrated dallas cowboy ever and to make it worse he loves to talk. With gems like “ only one who can beat brady is me” and “ we’re goin all the way” and his routine 200yd passing days it makes for wasted years in dallas with a talented team

  11. I believe Dak when he says he doesn’t have pull to make personnel moves.
    Dez made his own personnel move by being bad on the field.
    With his bad attitude and bad play, I’m Jerry is the only
    one on the team that wanted him to stay. And EVEN Jerry
    knew he had to go.

  12. If actually true…and Dez is hard to believe….it would be much easier to see a guy like Witten sick of Dez and his antics.
    Witten is a stand up consummate warrior.
    He plays hurt, he plays hard, he never complains publicly, and he produces year after year.
    Class act who is the exact opposite of Dez.
    But the reality is I doubt any other players had any say in the matter.

  13. Dak still has a lot to prove before they can call him a franchise quarterback. It may or may not have been Dak, but the fact is he and Dez never could get it together on the field. There was another story out there that one of the defensive captains, Tyrone Crawford held a football camp for youths and Dez was suppose to show up for that camp, but Dez never showed up. So, it may be Crawford who complained to Garrett. Why Crawford is still on the team when he only gives you 2-3 sacks a year and makes a lot money is crazy, yet Dez being the only #1 receiver on the team gets cut is strange.

  14. After the treacherous garrett knifed Romo by refusing to let him compete for his job when he was clearly outperforming prescott day after day in practice and went down the field on the eagles in a minute when prescott couldn’t accomplish anything all day said it all for me. The nitwit garrett cost that team the super bowl by not using the better QB. Dak and Garrett two peas in a pod, can’t believe anything they say. After another non playoff year hopefully jerrah boots garrett and brings in competition for pop gun

  15. The Truth says:
    April 15, 2018 at 8:41 am
    After the treacherous garrett knifed Romo by refusing to let him compete for his job when he was clearly outperforming prescott day after day in practice and went down the field on the eagles in a minute when prescott couldn’t accomplish anything all day said it all for me. The nitwit garrett cost that team the super bowl by not using the better QB. Dak and Garrett two peas in a pod, can’t believe anything they say. After another non playoff year hopefully jerrah boots garrett and brings in competition for pop gun

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    Cost the team a SB? Romo only managed two playoff wins in his entire career….now you are claiming he would have won a SB?

  16. n0hopeleft says:
    April 15, 2018 at 6:35 am
    You’re telling me they didn’t consult with Dak on this? YEAH OOOOOKKKKKK!

    ————
    If you think they consulted with Dak then you don’t understand how the NFL works. It’s a cut throat business and execs couldn’t care less what the players think. If Aaron Rodgers wasn’t consulted prior to Jordy Nelson being cut loose you really think the front office asked Dak his opinion? Players play, coaches coach and execs take care of the rest. The NFL is the ultimate “stay in your lane” business.

  17. “Cost the team a SB? Romo only managed two playoff wins in his entire career….now you are claiming he would have won a SB?”

    I do not think we could have won the SB; however, I do agree that…#1 Tony should have been back under center AND #2 Tony was far more qualified to go toe-to-toe with AR than a rookie!!!!! After all, that team was built for Romo. When we were down 18, the least Patty-Cake could have done was jerk Dak’s butt, and put in Tony, as that WAS our best chance…smh… I do not know if I can spend another season looking at Patty-Cake OR Linehan, calling pass plays on 3rd and goal, with a struggling q/b, while Zeke looks on, fresh as a daisy….unbelievable. JG is getting JG’d by Linehan and is clueless…lol

  18. Furthermore, if one thinks that Dak was not at least talked with, about Dez (esp. by Linehan, who had it in for Dez), I have some swamp land, I love to sell you…

  19. wow…is it just me or do these comments from Dak make it sound even more like he did have a say? I know he’s trying to make it sound like he had no say, but in doing so, he sounds like the guy saying “it’s not in here! it’s not in here!” while standing in front of the closet door where the secret is hidden.

  20. Cowboys better hope Allen Hurns works out because they have nothing but a pile of trash at WR. I am sure they will draft a few this year and every Cowboy fan will be saying what a steal they got and how they are all 1st round talents just like every year.

  21. WELL GOOD MORNING HATERS! ‘THE TOOTH” OUR PET TROLL WAS EVEN GOOD FOR TWO DRIVE BY’S LMAO!
    YES “DAKOTA”. SAY IT WITH ME ….. DAKOTA’S TEAM! YES DEZ THE CANCER IS GONE. LOCKER ROOM AND SIDELINE HEAD CASE GONE. CANT RUN A ROUTE OR SEPARATE CRY BABY GONE! MR. BUTTER HANDS GONE!
    …BUT WAIT DAKOT STINKS (SAYS EVERY HATER WITH NO FOOTBALL I.Q. OR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA).
    WE REALLY GOING TO BEAT THIS AND HIS STATS IN THE GROUND AGAIN? DAKS STATS HAVE BEEN POSTED AND PROVEN FACTS THAT HE IS A TOP 15 QB IN THE NFL. I DIDNT SEE THE OLINE HELP HIM OUT AT ALL LAST YEAR, CERTAINLY NOT HIS WR AND CLEARY NOT HIS RB.
    LOVING THE FEAR IN YOUR ALL EYES I SEE IT IN YOUR POSTS! YEP DAKOTA 2 FULL SEASON IN THE NFL AND NO LOSING SEASONS. THE KID HAS JUST HAD HIS TWO TOUGHEST YEARS IN THE NFL LEARNING, NOW IT WILL BE LIKE PLAYING MADDEN FOR HIM, EVERYTHING WILL BE SLOWNG DOWM FOR HIM AND HE WILL BE EVEN SCARIER TO FACE!
    LOVE MY HC GARRETT! “MY WAY OR THE HIGH WAY” ACT AND PLAY THE RIGHT WAY OR KICK THE DIRT!

  22. The Cowboys.Oh my gosh, seriously. They are a consistently mediocre team but receive attention that only consistent winners should get. This is embarrassing for all media.

  23. Jerruh Jones will never win another Super Bowl. He is a lousy owner and GM and proved that when he forced Jimmy Johnson to leave. In the annals of dumb decisions by owners, that one ranks with the best of them.

  24. When the Cowboys begin their offseason program, with organized team activities in preparation for training camp, only the head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator will return from last season. Practically every assistant and position coach will be different. So there’s been an almost complete reshuffling of the coaching staff. That probably had a lot to do with this decision.

    Several core players have already begun meeting to work out together. They can use the facilities, but not interact with coaches and trainers. These players take it upon themselves to get ready for next season, and working out together in private builds team unity and cohesion. Has Bryant been attending these work outs? There are no reports that he has, but you can bet your bottom dollar that guys like Witten have. These are serious players, and no, they’re not “Garrett’s guys”–they’re Cowboys, and they want to win. The veterans show up, because they’re leaders and know what’s at stake, and the younger players show up, because they want to be mentored and become part of a TEAM. If Bryant did not show up, preferred to get in shape on his own, that sends a strong message that he’s not a leader and does not want to be team player. Or, at least it does to these Cowboys. That probably had a lot to do with this decision as well.

    It is highly doubtful that the executives consulted any of the players about personnel decisions, but they definitely know who’s been using the facilities and who has not. Dallas is unique among NFL teams, because most of the players live in the immediate vicinity. They can meet and work out together whenever they want. Only a few players live outside the vicinity and have to work out on their own. Cowboys use the facilities at their disposal. Selfish players who live in the vicinity do not.

    Stephen Jones is exerting more control over the franchise. He is the heir apparent, and Jerry Jones is getting old. It was Stephen who first stated publicly concerns about Bryant’s contract and its impact on the salary cap, this year and the next. He also mentioned something about his declining production and disruptive behavior on the sidelines during games. Jerry remained silent on the matter, saying only that he would meet with Bryant. By the time he did, the decision had already been made. Obviously, the son is influencing the father.

    Owners meet with coaches to discuss rosters after a season ends, during free agency and before the draft. Stephen and Jerry would have met with Garrett and Linehan on offensive players, and with Marinelli on defensive players. The scouting department has been reshuffled as much as the coaching staff, but they are only consulted in regards to potential draft picks. If they consulted with any players, it would have been franchise players on offense and defense, those the team has a substantial investment in, the “faces of the franchise,” as it were. Prescott and Elliot are not yet franchise players, as they are both still under rookie contracts, and would not have been consulted.

    Clearly, Dallas is in a state of transition. The Cowboys this season will not be the Cowboys of last season, as the team is heading in a different direction. That was the overriding factor in the decision to release Bryant.

  25. Well why should Dak Prescott have a say? He’s not the owner or GM, also on Dez Bryant being fired, he dropped enough passes to earn that.

  26. It was time to get rid of the old alpha male on the team…..this is now dak’s team…this is symbolically the same changing of the guard when they moved on from t.o. And it became romo’s team….the team should look to the qb for leadership and not some out of control wr….It was time to move on ….dak is ready for this leadership role….tough to lead when some guy is freaking out in the huddle and screaming on the sideline.

  27. Everyone knew it was time to move on from Dez but they should have had enough respect for him to cut him before free acency began not when its pretty much over.

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