Dez Bryant and the Cowboys are going through the big “D,” and we don’t mean Dallas.
The Cowboys released former All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant on Friday, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the Cowboys planned on cutting Bryant loose. Dallas didn’t offer Bryant a pay cut, and by releasing him, they will save $8 million against the cap, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported.
The 29-year-old put up decent numbers in 2017 but was inconsistent. He caught just 69 of 132 targets, but he racked up 838 yards, his most since the 2014 season. Bryant also is still a pretty good red zone target, hauling in 14 touchdowns over the last two seasons in just 29 games.
If and when the Cowboys release Bryant, it will come after just three years of a five-year, $70 million contract. Bryant was set to earn $25 million total over the next two seasons with a cap hit of $16.5 million.
UPDATE (12:35 p.m. ET): Bryant seemed to confirm the report with a tweet.