Dallas Cowboys release Dez Bryant

5 possible long-term financial outcomes of Bryant Jerry Jones meeting

5 possible long-term financial outcomes of Bryant Jerry Jones meeting

The Dallas Cowboys released the wide receiver on April 13, and Dez didn't waste any time dragging his former employers for what they did.

The Philadelphia Eagles don't have much cap space or a glaring need for a veteran receiver (though they do have a habit of pulling off surprises), so it doesn't seem likely Bryant will end up in Philly.

Bryant is a proven talent that has plenty to offer a team as a legitimate red zone threat and a highly dependable asset in the passing game when given the opportunity to produce.

However, a pay cut wasn't an option for remaining a Cowboy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reported.

Bryant posted a message to fans on Twitter shortly after the meeting.

With at least a handful of teams in need of help at the position, the market for Bryant should be a significant one. There are still receiver-hungry teams with more money than the Packers to spend, however.

Bryant caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns last year, a follow-up from his 50-catch, 796-yard, eight-touchdown campaign a year earlier. After reaching 1,200 to 1,300 yards from 2012-2014, he managed only 401 in 2015 due to a broken foot, then 796 in 2016 and just 838 previous year. Chances are, it will be an NFC East team. This following the Pro Bowl receiver's third straight season posting disappointing numbers.

The other teams listed include the Texans (+1,500) and the Ravens (+2,000).

Only eight receivers are due $12 million or more in 2018, of which Bryant was the only one to have averaged less than 1000 receiving yards per season (678) over the past three National Football League campaigns. 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.

Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015, which included $45 million guaranteed and a $20 million signing bonus.

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What will the Cowboys do next?

The Dallas Cowboys were interested in Sammy Watkins prior to the beginning of free agency so that in essence was the first red flag for Bryant heading into the offseason.

The Cowboys will find someone, or a few people, to take Bryant's spot.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium.

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