The Dallas Cowboys made headlines about one month ago, releasing veteran wide receiver and franchise touchdown receptions leader Dez Bryant. Bryant was a self-proclaimed “Cowboy for Life,” and despite his struggles in 2017, he clearly believed both he and Dak Prescott could get it right in 2018.
To at least a certain degree, the front office disagreed.
Now that Dez Bryant is released he is free to sign with any team, but to this point, he hasn't been able to find a home. Bryant took to Twitter a few days ago to call out the media for misconstruing how is free agency is going. Bryant claims that personal decisions, not lack of suitors, is why he is still on the open market.
While this drama was unfolding, Bryant's now former teammate Ezekiel Elliott took to his defense. Elliott tweeted that you can doubt Dez Bryant all you want because “he gone ball regardless.”
Doubt 88 all you want. He gone ball regardless #ThrowUpTheX
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2018
Elliott's defense of Bryant is interesting on a few levels. First off, Elliott had been assumed to be one of the so-called “Garrett guys,” due to his relationship with quarterback Dak Prescott.
Elliott's tweet also makes me wonder how much player input really weighed into the decision making, or if only the opinions of a select few weighed the heaviest. In addition, Elliott's cover photo on Twitter is still of him and Bryant celebrating together before the 2016 season.
Regardless it really doesn't matter. Dez Bryant is gone now and the Cowboys have clearly moved on and overturned their receiver room.
Now we just have to hope the offense is better for it in 2018.