Cowboys release star receiver Bryant: 'it's personal'

"Jerry Jones, he loved me to death and I loved him too", Bryant said.

"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 NFL.com.

Regardless of how serious may have been his intent last Christmas Eve when Earl Thomas went to the Dallas locker room and told coach Jason Garrett to "come get me, " the moment made clear that Thomas might someday like to play for the Cowboys.

'We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization. The team has just over $5 million in salary cap space, which likely won't be enough to lure in the ninth-year wideout to join the mix. The Cowboys will immediately save $8 million against this season's cap.

ESPN's NFL Nation came up with four teams that are viewed as Bryant's "best fits".

The Washington Redskins are a team that has lost two game-changing receivers over the past year in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Set to make $12.5 million in 2018 and count $16.5 million against the cap, Bryant was a costly investment for a receiver who hasn't cracked 1,000 yards in a season since 2014. One of those was former Seahawks receiver Paul Richardson, who signed a five-year, $40 million deal.

In recent years, Bryant's numbers have cooled off. While Romo may not have been a solid big-game performer, one thing was certain; he knew where the offense went through.

Injuries were the main reason for his decline, starting with a broken foot in the 2015 season opener.

Over the past two seasons with Prescott at quarterback, Bryant caught 119 passes for 1,634 yards and 14 touchdowns.

But Bryant hasn't had a 1,000-yard season since getting the new contract.

The Cowboys have been paying Bryant like an elite receiver but his production has been far from elite.

I also love this move for slot receiver Cole Beasley. He will always be a valued member of our family.

During the National Football League annual meetings in late March, Jones said he expected the two would have "a really straightforward, candid" conversation. Bryant has been active on Twitter since he was cut, admitting that he's taken Dallas' decision to move on from him very personally.

Bryant repeatedly said during the offseason that he wanted to play for the Cowboys. "That's obvious to everybody is we didn't get big plays". He then pointed out living at that number would leave the Cowboys short in other areas of need.

When asked if he was willing to take a pay reduction, Bryant responded, "Yeah, if it was offered". He'll turn 30 years old in November.

  • Stacy Allen