The Dallas Cowboys were right to release Dez Bryant

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Dez Bryant /

Following Dez Bryant’s release, fans are still in shock. While emotions are running hot, the Dallas Cowboys were right to move on from the veteran receiver.

I’m not trying to be the bad guy here. But, the Dallas Cowboys knew that their future was clearer and brighter without Dez Bryant.

Of course, there will be bumps and bruises along the way. September football will look very different for the Cowboys without the star player. No matter how you cut it, though, the fact is it was time to move forward.

Whenever the Dallas Cowboys hoist a trophy, a number 88 was in the room. In fact, the 88 jersey is synonymous with the Cowboys winning culture. So, releasing Bryant leaves a major void, and I get the disappointment.

Though we knew last Friday’s meeting was imminent, the result still took some extra chewing before swallowing. Dez Bryant is no longer with the Dallas Cowboys. And to my surprise, he wasn’t even offered the option to take a pay cut. That speaks volumes about the Dallas Cowboys, their thought process, and where they place the needle on Bryant.

Should we really be surprised? After all, the Cowboys sought out wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The Kansas City Chiefs won his services, so you’d think the Cowboys would work something out with Bryant.

Because, you know, owner and general manager Jerry Jones loves him. Like a member of his own family. Like a son. He’s still only 29. He might be at the tail end of his prime, but he’s still a player with primetime play.

So why did the Dallas Cowboys release Dez Bryant?

Well, simply put, it was time to do so. Bryant’s an aging player who is clearly on the decline. And while he can still stick it out as the Cowboys’ number one receiver in Big D, his commanding dollar doesn’t justify keeping him around.

Add in the mix of his outbursts and dropped footballs, the fuzzy picture becomes crystal clear. Dez Bryant’s ties with the Dallas Cowboys had to end.

With this hot topic in the rear-view mirror, the Dallas Cowboys can now focus on selecting his replacement in the draft. Will it be Calvin Ridley? Or D.J. Moore? Courtland Sutton?

Depending on who the Cowboys plug-in there, there’s no denying that this is an exciting time. Dallas hasn’t drafted a receiver in the first round since 2010 when they grabbed Bryant. While it is hard to say bye to an old face, we are welcoming in a new one.

In the end, no amount of money or stat line can overturn time. If the Cowboys are fortunate to grab someone like Ridley in the draft this year, this whole episode will replay eight to ten years down the road.

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It’s the great cycle of football. It happened yesterday, and it’ll happen again tomorrow. As great as Dez Bryant is, even he can’t separate himself from time.