Dez Bryant has called his release “personal.” Stephen Jones disagrees, saying it’s “business.”
Jones, the team’s executive vice president, said the release of the star receiver Friday was in “everybody’s best interest.”
“I think it’s always difficult because Dez was an amazing player for us,” Jones said on DFW’s 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. “He helped us win a lot of football games. At the same time, these things happen in our business.”
The Cowboys’ release of Bryant, who has not had a 1,000-yard season since 2014 and has gone 23 games without a 100-yard game, saved them $8 million in cap space. They did not offer him a pay cut from the $12.5 million base salary he was due, which would have lowered his $16.5 million cap number.
That solidified Bryant’s feelings that some coaches and some former teammates — Jason “Garrett’s guys” — worked against him.
“I don’t understand that comment,” Jones said. “You see those things when it’s difficult for a player to take the next step.”