Dallas Cowboys Release Long-Time Receiver Dez Bryant

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Written by Kyle Boone

The Dallas Cowboys released long-time wide receiver Dez Bryant after a meeting between he and team officials, including GM and owner Jerry Jones, on Friday.

Dez tweeted shortly after the meeting all but confirming reports from multiple media outlets, and the Cowboys made the release official in a statement shortly thereafter. He left The Star throwing up the deuces in what likely will be his final trip to team headquarters in Frisco, Texas.

“As an organization, we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit and contributions to this team for the past eight years,” said Jerry Jones in a statement. “He will always be a valued member of our family.

“Dez and I share a personal and professional relationship that is very strong, and he is one of just a handful of players with whom I have become that close to over the past 30 years. This was not an easy decision. It was made based upon doing what we believe is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys.

“We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization. Ultimately we determined it was time to go in a new direction.”

Dallas cutting Dez ends a partnership that began in 2010 after the Cowboys selected him with the 24th pick in the NFL Draft. Since that time, he became Dallas’ all-time leader in TD receptions with 73, just ahead of fellow teammate Jason Witten, who has 71.