Dez Bryant released by Dallas Cowboys after eight seasons

The 29-year-old receiver was released by Dallas on Friday, ending an eight-year tenure with the team that included three Pro Bowls, 7,459 receiving yards and 73 touchdowns.

"Being in the division is a huge possibility, it's something that I want", Bryant told NFL Network. Bryant, immediately after being communicated the news, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

The team announced Friday that it released Bryant after he met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at the Star in Frisco. Bryant, for a large portion of his final season in Dallas, seemed like a player either in decline or disinterest, and either one of those is enough to undercut a significant cap hit. Dez Bryant had a "down" year last season, but his stats still would've led the Redskins in all major receiving categories. Bryant was reportedly not offered a pay cut, which he previously said he would've rejected anyway. "They'd like to be able to see if there's a chance that he could play, not at the expense of a bad deal for Earl Thomas, but I think a deal for Earl Thomas now has to be in the mix".

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Bryant would bring instant credibility for his respect as a player around the league. But also, what you have to put into the equation with this team (is what they've already invested). Little do they know is, they can wear that "C" all they want to but in the locker room, they know they run and they talk too. They also hosted restricted free agents Willie Snead and Cameron Meredith (who signed with the Saints).

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Between the years 2012-2014, Bryant averaged 144 targets per season, leading him to average 91 receptions, 1,311 yards, and almost 14 touchdowns per season. The days of Bryant putting up 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns are probably gone. In 2017, Bryant had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

"I'll say this right here: I believe that "Garrett guys.' I would say that", he said when asked if some teammates had a role in the Cowboys" decision to cut him, per He will always be a valued member of our family.

"This was not an easy decision". Players like Alabama's Calvin Ridley, Maryland's D.J. Moore and SMU's Courtland Sutton will be interesting to the Cowboys if they're available when Dallas goes on the clock with the 19th pick.

'We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization.

The New York Giants have always been in the market for another receiver to go along with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and that's compounded by Brandon Marshall's somewhat murky future.

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