Dez Bryant unexpectedly released from the Dallas Cowboys

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The news, from Bryant's perspective, doesn't figure to be good.

After a meeting with team owner Jerry Jones this afternoon, Bryant has been released, according to his agent. There had been talk throughout the offseason of the Cowboys either reworking Bryant's deal or moving on. If Bryant gets hurt during team activities, his 2018 salary becomes guaranteed.

NFL Insider Adam Schefter wrote on Twitter late Friday morning that the Cowboys' plan going into the much-anticipated meeting was to release the veteran Bryant, "barring a last-minute change of heart".

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. 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. The former Oklahoma State star had played in Dallas for eight years.

Shortly after the draft, Bryant told reporters that Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland asked him if his mom was a prostitute and was eventually forced to apologize.

While Bryant's best days are perhaps behind him, it is worth mentioning that he would not have to be a number one receiver in Houston. I'm here to try to help win a championship, not carry someone's pads. I'm not advancing it saying they should do it or anything like that. And the Ravens are an interesting team considering their success with receivers who have been in Bryant's similar situation - Derrick Mason, Steve Smith Sr. and Mike Wallace.

It's official: Dez Bryant's career as a Cowboy is over. He was second in the National Football League with 11 drops last season, according to sportradar.

After not exceeding even 100 yards in a single game during the 2017 season, it makes sense for the Cowboys to move on and focus on the rest of their offense without all of the antics. He succeeded by overpowering his opponents.

Last season, Bryant had a team-best 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Green is nowhere close to the emotional player either of those was but Bryant absolutely is. Would that bond be strong enough to keep Bryant with the Cowboys when all else seemed to be working against it?

The 29-year-old was due $12.5 million with a $16.5 million cap hit for the 2018 season.

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