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


It's not likely that Dez Bryant will remain a free agent for long, and the top team on the shortlist of those looking to sign him is the Baltimore Ravens, although Bryant himself might prefer, for now, to stay in the NFC East. That's what those guys get paid to do.

Whether Bryant would want to join Baltimore is unknown. "It motivates me. All it does is motivate me and put this in perspective". Between 2012 and 2014 Bryant was one of the most productive wide receivers in the National Football League, averaging 91 receptions, 1312 yards and 14 touchdowns a season, including an NFL-best 16 in 2014.

Prescott said his opinion was never asked by the Cowboys' front office in his thoughts on keeping or releasing Bryant. At this point, we've got to figure that out with the guys we've got I'm sure we'll go after guys in the draft or free agency.

"Dez is gonna be a hard guy to replace", Prescott said.

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The Ravens have more than $10 million in salary-cap space, so they should have the financial means to make a deal happen if they so desire.

Other than a prepared statement from owner/GM Jerry Jones, the Cowboys didn't give many reasons as to why Bryant was released after eight seasons.

"I'm in my second year" Prescott said. "I can't say I full thought it would happen". When it's five to six guys at a table against one guy, you've got to do it. He has gone a career-worst 23 regular-season games without a 100-yard performance. This has given him the opportunity to filter through his options to find the best fit for him in the next chapter of his career. This would require the team to move players via a trade in order to get anywhere near having the necessary money to acquire the 29-year-old. Anquan Boldin wasn't quite as good over his own three seasons with the Ravens (2010-2012), but he topped 60 receptions twice and averaged 882 yards per season.