Report: WR Dez Bryant released by Dallas Cowboys

Baltimore Ravens' Kyle Arrington (24) and Lardarius Webb (21), rear, are unable to stop Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant (88) from gaining yardage after a catch in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Dez Bryant on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bryant met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to discuss his future. ESPN's Todd Archer reported the plan going into the meeting was to part ways with the former Pro Bowl receiver.

Bryant is now an unrestricted free agent.

Archer tweeted a statement in part from Jones Friday regarding the team parting ways with the receiver:

"As an organization we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit and contributions to this team for the past eight years. He will always be a valued member of our family."

After his release by the team, Bryant tweeted, "Cowboy nation I need you to know this wasn't my decision. I will always love ya'll...forever Dallas in my heart."

The former first-round pick out of Oklahoma State spent his entire eight-year career with the Cowboys accumulating 531 receptions, 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns.

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