Cowboys expected to release Dez Bryant

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The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, ending the tenure of one of the franchise's most notable players. Bryant has remained very confident in his ability, so perhaps a one-year "prove it" deal might be the best for him and his new team.

The Dallas Cowboys are moving on from Dez Bryant. The Cowboys stuck with Bryant through some rough patches, and he rewarded their faith with a stellar career, peaking in 2014, when he earned first-team All-Pro honors for leading the National Football League with 16 receiving touchdowns.

The two sides, unable to agree on a pay cut, have agreed to part ways, a source has told SportsDay's David Moore.

While Beckham is now off the market, Bryant might be the next best thing to give Tom Brady another big target to join Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. if he's not traded.

Jones and Sanu put up 88 and 67 catches respectively previous year, but Atlanta's third-leading wide receiver, Taylor Gabriel, had just 33 catches. The Cowboys don't think he's worth that much.

Bryant has been a mainstay for the Cowboys since 2010, since he was the team's first-round pick. After averaging 84 catches, 1,216 yards and 12 touchdowns per season from 2011-14, Bryant has seen his production fall to 50 catches, 678 yards and six scores per season over the past three years.

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