Earlier in the week, Cowboys Nation went apoplectic over Dallas’ franchise leader in receiving touchdowns indicating he wanted to rejoin the team. Whether he was serious or just having fun on social media, Dez Bryant’s tweeted response to a fan asking who he would prefer playing for sent almost every outlet scrambling.
Well, the Cowboys aren’t interested in having Bryant rejoin the team, and on Friday owner Jerry Jones took to the radio waves to end the speculation. Via Dallas Morning News:
“I know I’m the one to ask as a response to that, but as you know, we’re friends,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan’s G-Bag Nation show . “To say the least, we’re friends. I have a lot of pride in where is relative to our relationship as it pertains to him as an individual. I mirror feelings of that nature. It just seems like is a Cowboy.
“But we’ve got to look at what we’re all having to deal with and that is what’s in the best interest of the team. So, that’s a different story there.”
“I’m just trying to say we feel good about Dez and wish him the very best. Trust me, if it were in our best interests, his and ours and the team’s, then he’d be on the field for the Cowboys.”
Bryant has not had the most friendly relationship with the club since his release in April, just one week prior to the draft and long after NFL teams had allocated most of their salary cap space in March’s free agency rush.
It appears head coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones were the last two to sign off on releasing the 2010 first-round pick.
There was major controversy during the offseason when SiriusXM NFL Radio misrepresented a Stephen Jones quote that made it appear he was blaming Bryant for the struggles of quarterback Dak Prescott during his second year.
Bryant’s Twitter response included vitriol towards multiple players he feels didn’t have his back, including linebacker Sean Lee, whom he called “Snake Lee.”.
Bryant’s primary target of frustration was the play calling, which many have questioned over the course of the offseason and the 2018 season’s first three weeks.
However Bryant also spent the first week of the season, a lackluster offensive effort in Carolina, to use Twitter to revel in the ineptitude of the Cowboys’ offense. While things have seemingly calmed down between the two sides, they haven’t frosted over enough for the Cowboys to realistically consider bringing Bryant back into this same environment.
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