Bryant was scheduled to have a meeting with owner Jerry Jones Friday morning to ultimately (we assume) come to terms with his release from the Cowboys organization. A source told ESPN's Todd Archer that Bryant, who met with Jones, was not offered a pay cut. Russell Okung, 30, a left-tackle for the Los Angeles Charges, tweeted that the Cowboys made a "cold blooded" decision "to cut [Dez] so late into the off season". The team recently signed former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns to a longterm contract.
Bryant is the franchise leader with 73 touchdown catches, ahead of Hall of Fame receivers Bob Hayes (71) and Michael Irvin (65).
Jones claimed his bond with Bryant was among the closest he has had with any player in three decades. He has vowed to see the Cowboys "twice a year" so it is possible he ends up with the Washington Redskins.
Bryant is a three-time Pro Bowler. Drafted in 2010 by America's team, Dez has spent his entire career in Dallas where he became one of the leagues elite wide receivers.
Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan broke news of the meeting between the mercurial Bryant and Jones. I wouldn't expect Bryant to sign the biggest contract with them, but the probability of competing in the next super bowl is sure to swing in their favor.
Before the three most prolific seasons of his career, when Bryant averaged 1,312 yards and almost 14 touchdowns per year, he got tangled in lawsuits over unpaid jewelry bills and had a baggy trousers incident with police at an upscale Dallas mall. Bryant complained about the criticism on Twitter this week, but the Cowboys obviously had questions about whether he was worth his salary anymore. He hasn't had a truly productive season since 2014 when he hauled in 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.
This one will come down to whether or not Bryant is willing to take a below-market contract, because the Patriots nearly certainly wouldn't want to pay him top receiver money. Still, the 29-year-old player has been one of the NFL's most elite receivers during his time in Dallas.
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