Dallas Cowboys: We should not blame Dez Bryant entirely for his release
The Dez Bryant era is over for the Dallas Cowboys. After eight seasons with the team, the two parties parted ways today. Dez Bryant is now a free agent. So why the change of heart for the Dallas Cowboys? There is a strong belief that Bryant has not lived up to the expectations of his 5-year $70 million extension he signed in 2016. While that may be the case, one factor plays into that. The QB position.
When Dez Bryant signed his extension he was at the top of his game. However, the contributing factor to that game had been the play of Tony Romo. While Romo may not have been a solid big-game performer, one thing was certain; he knew where the offense went through. He had the utmost fate in Bryant being at the spot. Romo also had an impeccable timing with Bryant. Thus, having one of the best QB/receiver relationships in the NFL.
While Bryant had Romo as his QB, he completed three 1,000+-yard seasons. That was back in 2012-14. However, since the lack of Tony Romo, Dez Bryant has digressed.
The year prior to signing his contract extension, Bryant only appeared in nine games. He had 31 receptions for 401 yards and 3 TDs. However, the Dallas Cowboys still gave him the big money contract prior to the 2016 season.
2016 was the beginning of the decline of Dez Bryant. At least with the Dallas Cowboys. It was also the first year of the Cowboys not having Tony Romo under center. That year, Dak Prescott was under center for the Cowboys. While Prescott’s stats were impressive for a rookie (308 completions, 3,324 yards, 22 TDs, and 13 INTs), he did not favor one receiver. Therefore, the production of Dez Bryant went down (50 rec, 796 Yards, and 8 TDs).
2017 was no different. While the stats slightly increased for Bryant, he was still not the same player he was while Romo was under center. In fact, the frustrations would start to mount for Dez as well. There would be several instances in 2017 in which Dez Bryant would externalize his emotions.
Meanwhile, Dez Bryant is only 29-years-old. He is still a top 10 WR in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys may not want his services anymore. Nonetheless, some team will. The question now becomes who?
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