Cutting Dez Bryant is the type of move the Dallas Cowboys have rarely made under owner Jerry Jones. The team has said goodbye to many franchise legends over the years, but those usually came a year or two late. Football has been the family business for Jones and his brood over the last 29 years, with a marked recent trend toward treating the Cowboys more like a business and treating their players less like family.
The rising influence of COO/Executive VP/Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones, Jerry’s son, could be the driving influence behind the shift in Big D. Instead of holding on to star players or handing out rich extensions to the wrong homegrown players, the Cowboys are being run more like the other 31 NFL teams. Releasing Bryant is a prime example and absolutely the right move for the franchise.
A clue to the current state of the Cowboys can be found in Jerry Jones’ statement on Bryant’s release.
“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,” Jones wrote.