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Dallas Cowboys release WR Dez Bryant

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Sources have released to ESPN that the Dallas Cowboys have informed WR Dez Bryant of his release from the team on Friday.

Bryant and owner Jerry Jones held a brief meeting to discuss his future at The Star in Frisco, where Bryant was told he would be an unrestricted free agent. Sources revealed Bryant was not offered a pay cut and will not be designated a post-June 1 cut.

Bryant took to Twitter shortly after the meeting concluded.

The Cowboys will save $8 million against the cap this season with the move.

After signing that 5-year, $70 million dollar deal in 2015, Bryant had begun to struggle -- failing to record more than 69 catches and 838 yards in a season and missed time in '15 and '16 with injuries.

The All-Pro wide receiver out of Oklahoma State played in 113 games over his eight seasons with the Cowboys, catching 513 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-record 73 touchdown receptions.

His yardage total ranks fifth in franchise history behind Jason Witten, Michael Irvin, Tony Hill and Drew Pearson.

Dallas begins its offseason program on Monday.


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