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Michael Irvin Says the Cowboys Would Be ‘Stupid’ to Cut Wide Out Dez Bryant

As the Cowboys ponder the future of Dez Bryant, Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin suggests the team keep him, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

“You don’t find No. 1 receivers hanging off trees like leaves,” Irvin said Monday on The Dan Patrick Show. “So what are you gonna do, let Dez go? Who do you got to replace him? You think you can just find No. 1 receivers? Every team would have ’em, they’d litter ’em. You don’t find them this easily. The Cowboys would be stupid, stupid to let this boy go right now.”

Since Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015, he has not had a 1,000-yard season or more than eight touchdown catches in a year. He had 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017, career-low numbers for seasons when Bryant played 16 games.

Since Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015, he has not had a 1,000-yard season or more than eight touchdown catches in a year. He had 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017, career-low numbers for seasons when Bryant played 16 games.

“Now he has a new quarterback who we have just given the old-man tag to, like Dak has been around forever playing football when it’s just his second year,” Irvin said. “He just finished his second year. And Dez has to bring Dak along. Tony Romo was something different. And Tony and I would talk about this sometimes. Tony knew just how to handle a team’s personality. He’d say, ‘Mike, sometimes I go off read to make sure I get the ball to Dez just because I wanted his positive energy.’ These are things young Dak is going to learn.”


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