Dez Bryant has been anything but quiet in the aftermath of his release from the Dallas Cowboys, and he took aim at a few unnamed former teammates Friday afternoon on NFL Network.
When asked about whether or not he thinks players contributed to the team’s decision to release him, Bryant pointed a finger at some who are close to head coach Jason Garrett, responding, “I’ll say this right here: I believe that ‘Garrett guys’ (are responsible). I would say that.”
When asked further if he thinks “Garrett guys” worked against him and his place on the roster, Bryant said, “Yeah, I believe that. I truly believe it.
“I won’t put no names out, but they know, and I want them to know I know. I’ll shoot them a text message and let them know. Little do they know is, you know, they can wear that (captains’) ‘C’ all they want to, but in that locker room … they know who they communicate with. Everybody knows where the real love is at. I’m not throwing anybody under the bus, but that’s the difference between me and them.”
Bryant, 29, has expressed frustration in the past about not being a team captain, an honor that went to Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, Sean Lee, Dan Bailey, Tyrone Crawford and Orlando Scandrick (who was released this offseason and joined the Washington Redskins) in 2017. Other than Prescott, each of those players had spent at least six years with the Cowboys before last season, which was Bryant’s eighth in Dallas.
“I think me not being named a team captain was mostly on a personal level,” he told NFL Network. “I’m just going to be honest because I don’t understand why I wouldn’t be a team captain. Like I said, you’ve seen my teammates, you know? They don’t even understand the decision.”
Bryant went on to say he would have been open to taking a pay cut to stay with Dallas “if it was offered,” but added that he had concerns about his relationship with certain teammates moving forward.
“The only question I was going to have for that was: Even if I did take a pay cut, am I going to be able to come in to work and be happy?” he said. “Like, be able to enjoy it? Because I already got a feeling that this person don’t like me, this person don’t like me. I honestly don’t know why. I guess because I am who I am.”
Bryant also said that signing as a free agent with another NFC East team is a “huge possibility,” as he hopes to play the Cowboys twice a year, referring to the situation as “very personal.”
A USA Today report on Friday said Bryant is not on the Redskins’ radar, but it’s unclear if the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles would be interested.
–Field Level Media