Cowboys release Dez Bryant after meeting with Jerry Jones

4/16/2018 11:42:00 AM

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant met with team owner Jerry Jones to discuss his future in Dallas and the two sides decided to go their separate ways.
Josh Clark of 105.3 The Fan reported that Jones and Bryant were going to discuss Bryant's contract, as he was set to make $12.5 million in base salary and count $16.5 million against the cap. The belief is that the only way Bryant could have remained a Cowboy was if he agreed to a pay cut. It seems that Jones couldn't convince him to do that.
The NFL Draft is approaching and the Cowboys will hold their first official offseason workout on April 16, so it was time to make a decision with Bryant. A report from ESPN's Josina Anderson stated that a decision was going to be made by Jerry Jones.
"Asked if the #Cowboys have made a decision on WR Dez Bryant & if any change is expected before Apr. 16th, before the start of the team's offseason conditioning program, I was told, "no news. Up to Jerry," per source." (@JosinaAnderson)
Bryant wasn't nearly as important to the Cowboys as he was when Tony Romo was their quarterback and Ezekiel Elliott is now the focal point of the team. Jerry Jones tried to work something out to keep Bryant but at this point it didn't make much sense for either side.