Quarterback Dak Prescott mentioned he did not have the clout to affect personnel strikes, such has the one which resulted within the Dallas Cowboys releasing vast receiver Dez Bryant.
“I am in my second yr,” the 24-year-old Prescott mentioned Saturday evening, through a number of stories. “As a lot as you need to say, ‘I desire a say-so’ or this and that, these guys receives a commission much more than me. That is what these guys receives a commission to do. That is not my resolution.”
Hours after the Cowboys severed ties with Bryant on Friday, the three-time Professional Bowl receiver informed the NFL Community that sure coaches and gamers on the crew had been instrumental within the crew’s resolution to ship him strolling.
“I will say this proper right here: I consider that (head coach Jason) Garrett’s guys (had been accountable). I might say that,” Bryant mentioned. “I consider that. I really consider that. I will not put no names out, however they know, and I would like them to know on this air I do know. I will shoot them a textual content message and allow them to know.”
Bryant did not identify names, however insinuated a captain or captains labored towards him.
Prescott was one of many Cowboys’ two offensive captains final season together with tight finish Jason Witten. Linebacker Sean Lee, kicker Dan Bailey, defensive finish Tyrone Crawford and since-released cornerback Orlando Scandrick had been the opposite captains.
“I imply I am certain he is listening to stuff, and I am certain he is getting it from plenty of alternative ways so I imply I am not going to finger-point at anyone,” Prescott mentioned. “I am not going to get upset for who he is pointing at or who he thinks did this. So I imply, as I mentioned, it is a enterprise, and it is a part of it.”
Prescott mentioned it was robust to see Bryant launched, saying “it is unhappy information. That is a brother to me.”
“Dez is gonna be a tough man to interchange,” Prescott mentioned. “He is a gifted man. He’ll be missed.”
Bryant, who was scheduled to make $12.5 million in 2018 and depend $16.5 million towards wage cap, met with Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones on Friday amid hypothesis that he could be requested to take a pay reduce within the wake of declining manufacturing the previous three seasons.
Nonetheless, that subject by no means got here up, in response to Bryant, and Jones mentioned in a press release launched by the crew that: “In the end we decided it was time to go in a brand new path.”
Bryant famous that the truth that Jones didn’t even broach the topic of a pay reduce bolstered his perception that different elements had been at play within the resolution to chop him free, significantly with the proprietor stressing what a tough private resolution it was for him.
“Jerry Jones, he beloved me to loss of life, and I beloved him, too. I truthfully did,” mentioned Bryant. “I truthfully consider in my coronary heart this was a tough resolution for him. When it is 5 to 6 guys at a desk towards one man, you have to do it. Like Jerry informed me in our assembly, he did not ask me to take a pay reduce. He did not need that.
“That additional lets me consider what I believed a very long time in the past.”
Bryant, 29, had a team-leading 69 receptions for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2017. He has gone a career-worst 23 regular-season video games with no 100-yard efficiency.
Since signing a five-year, $70 million contract in 2015, Bryant has didn’t file a 1,000-yard season or reel in additional than eight landing receptions in a season.
Bryant was a landing machine within the first half of his profession with the Cowboys, hauling in 41 scoring passes in a three-season span, capped by a career-high 16 in 2014. He was named a First-Workforce All-Professional choice that yr.
Throughout that spectacular run from 2012-2014, Bryant additionally averaged 91 receptions and put up at the very least 1,233 receiving yards in every of the three seasons.
For his profession, Bryant appeared in 113 video games (99 begins) and amassed 7,459 complete yards whereas registering a franchise-record 73 receiving touchdowns.