Keeping up with Kappes: Bye to Dez

The Dallas Cowboys have moved on from wide receiver Dez Bryant. They began talking about giving Bryant a pay cut, but it went much further than this. Apparently, this lead to the Cowboys believing that they are “Better off without Dez Bryant.” Jerry Jones was also said to state that it was nothing personal between the team and Bryant. He stated that it was just business.

Bryant was drafted in the first round by the Cowboys in the 2010 NFL draft, at 24th overall. He has been playing with Dallas over the last eight seasons. Over these eight years, he managed to catch 531 passes on 909 targets. He also pulled in 73 touchdowns through the air. Bryant is a three-time Pro Bowler and a one-time All-Pro player.

The Cowboys signed Allen Hurns back in March to a two-year deal worth $12 million. Hurns is a four-year veteran. He was an undrafted free agent that was signed onto the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster. Over the last four seasons, he has remained with the Jaguars and played in 52 games, 42 which he started. Hurns managed to snag 189 catches on 334 targets, and he even had 21 touchdowns. Bryant and Hurns have been very comparable over the last three seasons. Hurns had 138 catches and 15 touchdowns, and Bryant had 150 catches with 17 touchdowns. Sure, Hurns falls short of Bryant’s catches by 12 and his touchdowns by two. However, it looks that Hurns will be a suitable replacement for the recently released Bryant. Hurns wore number 88, which formerly belonged to Bryant, and has claimed that he isn’t going to wear the number, and that Dallas might as well retire it.

What is in store for Bryant next? He was quick to state on Twitter how he took the release to heart. “Cowboy nation, I need you to know this wasn’t my decision, I will always love y’all… forever Dallas in my heart,” he posted on Twitter. This shows that Bryant is clearly sorry, and we may even see him try to join a team to play Dallas twice a year, though he may leave the division entirely. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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James Kappes is a sports columnist for The Lorian.

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