We have a huge breaking news to report, Dallas Cowboys fans.
The organization has officially released the 29-year-old wide receiver, who's been with the team since 2010.
Team owner Jerry Jones has made an official statement concerning Bryant:
"As an organization we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit and contributions to this team for the past eight years. He will always be a valued member of our family. Dez and I share a personal and professional relationship that is very strong, and he is one of just a handful of players with whom I have become that close over the past 30 years.
This was not an easy decision. It was made based upon doing what we believe is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys. We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization. Ultimately we determined it was time to go in a new direction."
Bryant has also made his first official comments after the news broke out.
"Cowboy nation I need you to know this wasn’t my decision.. I will always love y’all... forever Dallas in my heart."
"The love is real... Thank you."
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver made 69 catches and six touchdowns this season, and recorded a total of 838 yards. He was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. We can read on the team's official website that he holds the record for the most receiving touchdowns.
A Lufkin, Texas native, Bryant became a dynamic cornerstone player embedded with the Cowboys brand, his “X” touchdown celebration synonymous with the Cowboys star.
The Cowboys’ first-round pick in 2010 made three Pro Bowls over eight seasons, including an All-Pro selection in 2014 with a career-best 16 receiving touchdowns.
Along with his impressive statistics, Bryant has been marked by his fiery demeanor and his passion for the game. That fire sparked him to 531 career receptions for 7,459 total yards, plus a franchise-record 73 receiving touchdowns.
Do you think Bryant should have stayed with the team for at least one more season, or the organization made the right call here?
Source: Dallas Cowboys.com
Photo Credit: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram