Jerry Jones on Releasing Dez Bryant, “It Was in the Best Interest of the Dallas Cowboys”

Dez Bryant was officially released today. It’s an emotional time for a lot of fans as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown receptions is now gone after eight seasons. For some fans, the writing has been on the wall and they have read it loud and clear. For others, we’ve been in a state of denial as it’s hard to fathom the team parting ways with their All-Pro pass catcher. There are many questions and we want answers, so what did Cowboys owner have to say?

He kept it brief, but Jerry Jones offered up this short statement on the release of Dez:

There are a handful of arguments to make in favor of a Dez release. For starters, he was an expensive cap hit. Bryant would cost the Cowboys $16.5 million of cap space in each of the next two seasons. The Cowboys chose not to make him a post-June 1 cut. He’s now an $8 million dead money hit for this season, with his contract completely off the books in 2019. So maybe it was just about the money?

Or it could be his production. After three straight-seasons where he caught 88+ passes for 1,200+ yards from 2012 to 2014, he’s now had three-straight seasons of less than 70 catches for less than 850 yards.

Or maybe it’s his behavior? Stephen Jones has discussed his displays of passion as distractions and what if his energy is not being focused on where it needs to be like running efficient routes and hustling through each play?

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