After weeks upon weeks of anticipation, according to multiple reports the Dallas Cowboys are expected to release star wideout Dez Bryant.
Cowboys expected to release WR Dez 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
After initial reports indicated that the Cowboys and Bryant were going to negotiate a paycut, the report is now that they will just release him instead.
Source confirms with me…. Dez Bryant being released. Will not be offered to take a pay cut. Here we go.
— Ben Rogers (@BenRogers) April 13, 2018
This comes at an interesting time as most cuts/release decision usually come at the start of free agency. But now the next question will come in to play as how they should go about the release as releasing Dez Bryant would create $8.5M in cap space for the Cowboys. If they designate Bryant a post-June 1 cut, it would create $12.5M in cap space that would be available starting June 2.
Regardless of how the Cowboys finish Bryant’s exit, they’ll now need to add a wideout to their list of needs in this year’s NFL Draft.
Example No.1: Dez played through injuries this season to help out the roster.
They are using his numbers against him now.
Fallout: if you are injured, don't play hurt. Don't put bad tape out there.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) April 13, 2018
Releasing Dez Bryant this late in the offseason is just FOOLISH. The top free agents are gone. Not to mention, the Cowboys could've moved Dez to the slot with the Allen Hurns edition and that would've been a crazy scenario. Congrats to the team that gets him.
— Mike Ortiz Jr. (@OrtizDYST) April 13, 2018
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 13, 2018
Dez Bryant leaving The Star pic.twitter.com/gdBVlsv7n2
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 13, 2018