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Cowboys to cut ties with Dez Bryant

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Cowboys to cut ties with Dez Bryant

It’s been talked about since before last season ended. Nobody was sure if it would happen or not. But it did.

The Cowboys have released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant, according to multiple media reports.

The reason Dallas moved on from the eight-year veteran was simple. He was scheduled to make $12.5 million this year. He has not had a 1000-yard receiving year or double-digit touchdown receptions in the last three years. Since the end of the season, there has been talk that the Cowboys would either try to get Bryant to agree to a reduction in his salary or let him walk. Today he had a brief meeting with owner Jerry Jones, who delivered the news to their 2010 first-round pick.

Although Bryant’s production has declined, he still can help a team at the right price. It was reported that he might be interested in a new home within the NFC East.

Would the Redskins make a play to land Bryant? It’s too early to tell but it seems unlikely. Then again, when the Eagles released DeSean Jackson four years ago a move to Washington didn’t appear to be in the cards. Less than a week later, Jackson was being fitted for a burgundy jersey.

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Peter King says cutting Derrius Guice was the 'right call' by Ron Rivera

Peter King says cutting Derrius Guice was the 'right call' by Ron Rivera

After Derrius Guice was arrested on domestic violence charges Thursday, the football world's eyes were fixated on the team's response to the allegations.

Facing a critical decision before his first season as Washington's head coach, Ron Rivera ultimately released the former second-round pick. Guice then went unclaimed on waivers

NBC Sports' Peter King was one of those individuals paying close attention to Washington's response to the allegations against Guice following a Washington Post story detailing sexual misconduct by several front-office executives. His take on Rivera's decision? It was the only decision to make. 

"I think that was a good first move, and the only move, Ron Rivera," King wrote in his Football Morning in America column. "Cutting Derrius Guice when the weight of evidence suggested domestic violence by the 2018 second-round running back. With everyone looking to see how the organization would react to any domestic issues after the behavior in the organization documented by the Washington Post, the franchise did the only thing it could do when the heinous behavior Guice was accused of in Virginia was made public.

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"In this climate, it was impossible for Washington to allow the legal system to run its course," King said. "This was the right call."

Washington's backfield is in a tough spot following Guice's release. The hope in 2020 was for him to become a featured back after his first two seasons in the league were marred by injury. Rivera will now have to lean on an aging Adrian Peterson again and two rookies who've had limited experience at the position. 

But those issues aren't the worst problems to have. Rivera and Washington were under pressure to make the right decision, and in King's eyes, they did. 

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Spring college football would 'really change some things' for Washington's draft preparation

Spring college football would 'really change some things' for Washington's draft preparation

The NFL may be pushing on with their 2020 season despite the challenges that come with playing during a global pandemic, but the same can't be said for college football. 

While some schools and conferences have canceled their fall sports seasons or pushed them back to the spring, the power five conferences have yet to make an official call on their respective football seasons. 

Whether those schools have a season, push it back to the spring or cancel it altogether will have major ramifications for NFL teams looking to add young talent to their rosters in the offseason. After all, only one first-round selection from the 2020 NFL Draft didn't play at a power five school. 

Whatever happens though, the Washington Football Team appears to have a plan in place for handling these unprecedented times. During his media availability Monday morning, Rivera assured reporters he and VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith have discussed it. 

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"Kyle Smith and I have been talking about how he plans to do it and the way he's going to set things up," Rivera said. "[Smith] has got a plan and he's got a couple of ideas of the best way to handle it and now it's just a matter of waiting to see which one is going to unfold. They've been doing some of the Zoom calls with the colleges, talking to the folks there about some of the players on their roster right now." 

Still, there's only so much prep work you can do before you need some actual game film to assess these players. The situation with the power five is fluid and has a number of health and safety factors built into the decision, though Rivera acknowledged the difficulty of having a 2021 NFL Draft in the middle of a spring college football season. 

"We'll see what happens. If it turns out like some of the other [conferences] that they're going to play in the early spring, it's going to really change some things," he said. 

Washington has an extra third-round pick in next year's draft and it will be Rivera's second draft as the leader of the franchise. Ideally, he has as much information as possible to bring young talent into his locker room. 

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