Dez Bryant Meeting With Jerry Jones To Discuss Future With Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys just announced they will release longtime wide receiver Dez Bryant from their roster.

Dallas had originally planned to keep Bryant for at least one more season but ultimately decided that he wasn't worth the price of his hefty contract.

According to ESPN's Todd Archer, the Cowboys did not designate him as a post-June 1 cut and will save $8 million against the cap this season.

Dallas attempted to sign free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins as well, but he ended up with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The cracks in the relationship started to show earlier this offseason when (Jerry) Jones said the sideline outbursts were a distraction. Coach Jason Garrett acknowledged the growth Bryant has experienced on and off the field since the Cowboys selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft, but he also said there is a business side to the National Football League as well.

Mickey Spagnola, who works for the Cowboys' team website, ignited speculation that Bryant could be eying a contract with either the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles or Washington Redskins.

Before the three most prolific seasons of his career, when Bryant averaged 1,312 yards and almost 14 touchdowns per year, he got tangled in lawsuits over unpaid jewelry bills and had a baggy trousers incident with police at an upscale Dallas mall. If they were to select another wide receiver, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan that it would not affect the Bryant situation.

Bryant made the Pro Bowl in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The Packers certainly know how good Bryant can be when he's on. While Jacksonville is going to feature a run-first offense with Leonard Fournette in the backfield and Blake Bortles under center, adding Bryant could make them much more balanced. Bryant, who has not had a 1,000 yard receiving season since 2014, was due $16.5 million this season.

Pairing Bryant with new signal-caller Alex Smith could be enticing.

Bryant was in the penultimate year of a $70 million extension but now hits the open market for the first time in his career.

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