DALLAS, TX - Dez Bryant confirmed on Twitter a report that first circulated on Bleacher Report and other sources. The Cowboys will release him.
Bryant, a wide reliever, took to Twitter after a meeting with the Cowboys.
Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones released a statement:
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. 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.
As a Cowboy, Bryant was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, First-team All-Pro (2014) and the NFL's receiving touchdowns leader (2014).
For the 2017 season, Bryan recorded 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns, having played in all 16 games.
Bryant is a native of Lufkin.
Cowboys expected to release WR Dev Bryant today, barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart, per @toddarcher and me. But the plan going into meeting that is now underway was to part ways with Bryant.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 13, 2018
(easttexasmatters.com contributed to this report)
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