Dez Bryant Rumors: Free Agent Market 'Incredibly Aggressive' for Ex-Cowboys WR

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2018

He is an eight year veteran who was once a dominant force.

The 3-time Pro Bowl receiver was released by the Dallas Cowboys Friday.

In a way, that would have made sense.

Bryant posted a message to fans on Twitter shortly after the meeting.

The Washington Redskins have the most salary cap space of any team in the NFC East and a glaring hole at receiver.

Bryant, Irvin and Pearson all wore the No. 88 jersey for the Cowboys.

Bryant shared a few tweets with Cowboys fans about his edge and taking his release "very personal".

Releasing Bryant saves the Cowboys $8 million of Bryant's $16.5 million salary cap hit. He missed time in 2015 with a broken foot and was bothered in 2016 with a tibial plateau fracture.

In the meantime, the front office had played it conservatively and hoped their franchise quarterback could mask the inherit problems ranging from a lack of running game to a deficient pass rush.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have even less than that, under $2 million remaining.

Jones and vice president Stephen Jones tap-danced around the issue at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but indications from each side of the talks indicated Bryant wasn't long for Dallas. Tight end Jason Witten has 68 career touchdown catches. He had no touchdowns in the playoffs but he did win a ring, so he's got that going for him.

Bryant should prepare himself for an outpouring of pitches, and perhaps offers, in the coming days and weeks. And that includes each one of the Dallas Cowboys' divisional rivals. "I will always love y'all... forever Dallas in my heart", Dez tweeted.

Since 2015, Bryant has been an underwhelming fantasy football player. It was part of the luster and most appealing aspect of playing for the Cowboys. The reality is he has not been a dynamic receiver since the 2014 campaign.

The Seahawks are known exploring options for Thomas, who said in January he would consider holding out if he does not have a new contract before the beginning of the 2018 season.

Interest in Bryant can't be ruled out - because the Bills have a need at wide receiver. He still has number one receiver skills, and would be the best number two receiver in the league if he chose to do that.

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Jones said releasing the 29-year-old Bryant, a first-round draft pick (No. 24 overall) in 2010 out of Oklahoma State, was a hard decision, citing his close relationship with the mercurial wideout.

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