Dez’s departure from Dallas, his first stop in the NFL, has been in the works for months, but the Cowboys decided to move quickly to find a new home.
The decision came after a year of speculation about Bryant’s future with the team.
ESPN’s Albert Breer reported on Saturday that the Cowboys are ready to announce Bryant’s departure and have hired the former NFL star and coach of the New York Giants to fill his shoes.
He’s joining the team as a player development coach.
“We are excited to have Dez join the Cowboys organization as a Player Development Coach, and he will join our coaching staff immediately,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.
Dez, 34, had been on a four-year contract with the Cowboys that pays him $6.5 million annually and includes a $1 million signing bonus.
He also was on the team’s roster as a rookie last season.
The Cowboys will likely have to pay him his base salary of $1.25 million.
Dey is expected to become the highest-paid player in the league next season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
De’Andre Johnson, who is in his fourth season with the Seahawks, is the only other Cowboys player to make the $1M-a-year roster.
They are the only two teams in the NFC West to have at least two rookies on their roster.
Bryant’s $1,000,000 salary cap hit will drop to $800,000 this season, his sixth year with the franchise.
He signed a four year, $55.8 million deal in March that included a $7 million signing Bonus.
Deza Bryant was in the final year of his contract with Dallas.
He will be paid $1 Million per year in 2019.
“Dez is a tremendous player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said in May.
“He is one of the best athletes I have ever coached.
He is a great teammate.
We will miss him.”
Dez was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cowboys in 2007, but went undrafted.
He played his first nine NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.
He was traded to the New Orleans Saints in 2014 and then the Houston Texans in 2018.
The Saints signed him to a four years, $65.3 million contract in February.
De Bryant has been active since he retired in 2017.
He has appeared in just six games since then and is on injured reserve.
He returned to the Cowboys’ training camp this year and made a splash when he scored a touchdown in a preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Bryant was released by the Saints on Aug. 1, 2018.
He appeared in the playoffs with the Saints for the first time in his career in 2017, but he was not named to the Pro Bowl because of a neck injury that sidelined him for three games.
He finished the season on injured reserves and missed the 2018 playoffs with an injury to his right hamstring.
Bryant has also appeared in eight playoff games with the Redskins, and last year he scored in three of those games.