Sportress of Blogitude

Jason Garrett says Dez Bryant’s release was ‘a challenging situation’

Jason Garrett arguably stated the obvious this week when saying that the Dallas Cowboys’ decision to release Dez Bryant proved to be “a challenging situation.”

Garrett on Tuesday addressed Bryant’s release for the first time since it played out last Friday at an event honoring Jason Witten and Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith. While Garrett admitted it was a tough process, he wishes Bryant well.

It’s a challenging situation,” Garrett said, via SportsDay. “A lot of different factors go into these kinds of decisions. The guidepost for all of this is what’s in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys. That’s why we made this decision.

“We wish Dez nothing but the best going forward. He’s a special guy. I love him. I will always love him. The impact he has made on this franchise has been significant.”

Additional quotes from Garrett on Bryant, as culled by The Dallas News’ Jon Machota, indicate the Cowboys head coach has been in contact with the longtime Cowboys receiver. Garrett also addressed why the Cowboys waited so long to cut Bryant loose.

Despite being let go by the Cowboys, Bryant presumably can still be a solid contributor on another team’s offense, given the right role. But the Cowboys arguably had no choice but to cut ties given the exorbitant cost the team would have had to absorb by keeping Bryant on the roster, especially with his diminished productivity over the past handful of seasons.

The release caused hurt feelings on Bryant’s behalf, and understandably so. It even has motivated him to possibly seek out a situation where he can exact revenge on the Cowboys two times per season. Bryant has expressed a desire to remain in the NFC East, perhaps with the New York Giants.