Jerry Jones on Dez Bryant Release: Decision in 'Best Interest' of Cowboys

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The belief all along was that the Cowboys' decision to release Bryant would be about money, but Bryant said the team never asked him to take a pay cut.

Releases from the Dallas Cowboys after 8 seasons, majority successful although not much recently, Bryant is rumored to be hoping to get offers from the New York Giants, Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles or the Washington Redskins. Even still, Zrebiec reports, those signings didn't spell the end of Baltimore's pursuit of receivers: the team met with Cameron Meredith, who ended up signing with the Saints, and submitted a bid on Allen Hurns, who wound up signing with the Cowboys, ostensibly as a supplement to Bryant.

Bryant has insinuated that he'd like to join an NFC East team, and it's unclear whether he has interest in signing with the Ravens.

Bryant was released from the Cowboys due to the potential cap hit, which was $17 million last season. Crabtree himself costs $21 million over the 3 years, $11 million of them guaranteed. The Cowboys will save $8.5 million against the salary cap by parting ways with him, per Spotrac. They will be in the mix for a playoff spot, and there will be an opportunity to produce well on an one-year, "prove-it"-type deal". They do not have enough footballs to go around to pacify another big-name receiver. Cam breaks down the top wide receiver options via the 2018 NFL Draft to replace Dez Bryant.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Bryant appeared in all 16 games a season ago, catching 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

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