One of the more talked about potential offseason moves has finally happened; Dez Bryant has been released by the Cowboys according to multiple reports. The move saves the Cowboys some $12.5 million against the cap.
The past few years Bryant hasn’t been the same dominant player he once was. He was an All Pro in 2014 and hasn’t cracked 1000 yards in three seasons since. Even starting all 16 games last season, he only reached 838 yards with 6 touchdowns. That number may be welcome on a lot of teams — the Raiders included — but it’s not nearly enough production to warrant his salary.
The 29-year-old will have interest on the market, but it’s highly doubtful the Raiders would be among them. They could really use a receiver like Bryant, but have basically no money to spend now after adding some 22 free agents this offseason whittled away their cap space and they still have to consider paying their draft class.
What it does is put the Cowboys in the market for a wide receiver, potentially in the first round. It could mean someone like Courtland Sutton from nearby SMU could head to Dallas when otherwise he may have had a chance of being available in the early second round. The Raiders select at 41 overall.