DALLAS, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys released longtime wide receiver Dez Bryant on Friday after eight seasons with the team.The 29-year-old Bryant met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who broke the news of the club’s plans to part with the player they drafted with the 24th overall pick in 2010.
Bryant was due $12.5 million in 2018, a base salary attached to a weighty $16.5 million cap hit.
“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,” Jones said in a statement released by the team. “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 the organization. Ultimately we determined it was time to go in a new direction.
Cowboy nation I need you to know this wasn’t my decision.. I will always love y’all… forever Dallas in my heart
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) 13 april 2018