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Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant can still make ‘significant contribution’ to an NFL team

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant during NFL game Ravens
Oct 1, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the field before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys recently released one of their iconic players and superstars in wide receiver Dez Bryant, who remains unemployed at this point in time. Then more recently, one of the team’s top personnel men made comments about why Bryant was let go, and they weren’t exactly flattering to the receiver.

On Wednesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a different take on his former star, noting he still thinks Bryant can make a big impact in the league.

“I don’t feel that way. That’s not to disagree at all with Will, but I wish and want Dez to have the opportunity to compete in the NFL,” Jones said in response to what his personnel man said about Bryant, per Brandon George of SportsDay. “I think he can, and I think he will. He’s certainly got the right stuff and the real question is: As every player in his career deals with injury or deals with the length of his career, I think he’s very capable mentally as well as physically to do the kinds of things that you have to, to adjust as you move on through your career.”

Then Jones doubled down, saying Bryant can make “a significant contribution to a team.” He concluded by saying, “Our time was the time and the right time [to release him] as far as our relationship, but that doesn’t preclude him from being productive for another team.”

Jones has always had a soft spot for his players, current and former. He also has been close with Bryant on a personal level over the course of the player’s career. So it’s not surprising that the owner is sticking up for Bryant right now.

That said, it says something that the only team that’s shown any real interest in Bryant is the receiver-needy Baltimore Ravens. They offered Bryant a deal that was reportedly worth $7 million per year, and no team has since come close to making him an offer that comes close to it.