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Dak Prescott: Dez Bryant release was ´not my decision´

15 April 2018 15:42

Dez Bryant felt let down by some of his team-mates following his release from the Dallas Cowboys, but one in particular claims to have had no part in his dismissal.

Despite the wide receiver blaming the team captains for playing a role in his departure, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott insisted the choice was not his to make. 

"I'm in my second year so as much as you want to say, 'I want a say and this and that,' those guys get paid a lot more than me, and that's what those guys are there to do," Prescott was quoted as saying by the Dallas Morning News. "That's not my decision.

"I'm sure he's hearing stuff and I'm sure he's getting it from a lot of different ways. I'm not going [to] finger point at anybody. I'm not going to get upset for who he's pointing at or who he thinks did this."

The Cowboys released Bryant on Friday following a meeting with team owner Jerry Jones. He had spent all eight seasons of his career in Dallas after the Cowboys selected him with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Although Bryant averaged 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns per season from 2012-14, injuries have attributed to his diminished performance in recent seasons. Still, Presott praised Bryant for his efforts during their time together.

"He was a great player," Prescott said. "He did a lot of great things for us, obviously. He was a guy that man-to-man you'd go to. At this point, we've got to figure that out with the guys we got. I'm sure we're going to go after guys in the draft or free agency. Who knows?

"All I can do is just continue to get better at my job and do the best I can."

The Cowboys have already have added free-agent receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson to the roster this offseason, and the team freed up $8.5 million in salary cap space by cutting Bryant.

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