National Football League draft: Potential Dez Bryant replacements for the Cowboys

What Dez Bryant's Departure Could Mean For La'el Collins

What Dez Bryant's Departure Could Mean For La'el Collins

The Cowboys are expected to cut the 29-year-old wide receiver, who met with owner Jerry Jones on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jerry Jones was often portrayed as one of Bryant's biggest allies within the Dallas organization, and seemed optimistic about Bryant's chances of remaining with the team in 2018 just a month ago. "He will always be a valued member of our family", Jones said.

Bryant tweeted his frustration after being told of his release when he arrived Friday for a meeting at the team's headquarters.

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 has been the lively, volatile, loyal beating heart of the Dallas offense since the start of the decade. He still had two years left on that deal with a base salary of $12.5 million per season.

Bryant hasn't eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving since 2014, but there should be a market for the receiver.

He's no longer worth almost the $12.5 million he was set to earn this season, never mind accounting for one of the highest cap charges among National Football League receivers. Since then, he missed 2015 with a broken foot, was in and out of the 2016 season with a tibial plateau fracture and was also quiet in 2017 with an injury. In it, he said it was not an easy decision, but they made it anyway believing it is what is "in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys".

After three consecutive seasons of over 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns from 2012-14, Bryant has seen a sharp decline in production over the last three years.

The Cowboys officially begin their offseason program Monday.

The Cowboys already had begun to rework their wide receiver corps this offseason, signing Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson as free agents.

After releasing Bryant, the Cowboys have more than $21.5 million in cap space committed to their wide receivers and have a run-first offense that will lean heavily on Ezekiel Elliott.

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