Dez Bryant signing with Cardinals is very, very unlikely

Dez Bryant signing with Cardinals is very, very unlikely

Per Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys have released Dez Bryant after 8 seasons in Dallas. He is a dynamite jump-ball receiver who renders most defenders helpless down near the goal line. Dez Bryant had a "down" year last season, but his stats still would've led the Redskins in all major receiving categories.

Bryant, who was scheduled to make $12.5 million in 2018 and count $16.5 million against salary cap, let it be known via social media that the Cowboys were responsible for ending his eight-year relationship with the club. Not to mention his reported desire to play against the Cowboys.

Bryant reacted on Twitter after the meeting at Cowboys headquarters was finished.

Dez Bryant's time with the Dallas Cowboys is finished.

The bottom-line deciding factor on any interest would come down to the salary demands that come with Bryant, who's expected to be an expensive addition. The free-agent crop at receiver was thin yet again, and some teams still have some holes to fill. In his first interview after the move with NFL Network's Jane Slater, Bryant didn't hold back on his intentions as a free agent. His outbursts on the sidelines have also been an issue in Dallas whether the team wanted to admit it or not.

Could it be in the NFC East?

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Despite vowing several times he was "unbothered" about rumors of a possible split from the Cowboys, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver vented about offseason coverage of his potential roster status next season.

The notion of Bryant going from one team in Texas to the other would offer a rather juicy subplot.

Bryant is the franchise leader with 73 touchdown catches, ahead of Hall of Fame receivers Bob Hayes (71) and Michael Irvin (65). Then injuries cut short his 2015 and 2016 seasons, and he didn't look like the same player in 2017. He failed to have a 100-yard game and hasn't had a 1,000-yard season since signing the contract. Maybe easier. There is no guarantee any of Dak's receivers can fare any better than Bryant.

If Bryant wants to play the Cowboys twice a year, the Washington Redskins could be an option. Stefon Diggs, Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, Sheldon Richardson and Eric Kendricks will all likely be targets the Vikings will want to retain, and the $13,360,559 the team has in cap space after draft pick signing with the top 51 according to Spotrac will come in handy doing that.

What will the Cowboys do next? Off-field concerns were the reason the Cowboys got him; he slid to near the bottom of the first round of the 2010 draft.

Graham is a Philadelphia Eagle through and through just as much as Bryant is a Dallas Cowboy, and Eagles Executive VP Howie Roseman has a reputation for taking care of his own.