Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday after spending all eight seasons of his NFL career in Dallas, and it didn't take long for the Pro Bowl receiver to share his thoughts on the situation.
Immediately after the news of his release broke, Bryant took to Twitter saying, "it's very personal."
If I didn’t have my edge I got it now... I’m sorry they got to feel me it’s personal... it’s very personal
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 13, 2018
He followed up those sentiments in an appearance on NFL Network calling out the coaches for how they communicated with him and said the coaches couldn't "be a man" about cutting him from the team.
"The way this whole situation got handled, I felt like I asked some of them to be a man about the situations a long time ago and they couldn't," Bryant said. "I'm not talking about no players, because all of the players, you know, we A1. ... I'm trying my best to sugarcoat it, but I can't."
When asked if he thought some of his teammates had a role in the decision to release him, Bryant blamed "(coach Jason) Garrett guys" for pushing the team toward his release, although he wouldn't say who the "Garrett guys" are.
"I won't put no names out, but they know and I want them to know: I know," Bryant said. "I'll shoot them a text message and let them know. Little do they know is, you know, they can wear that 'C' all they want to, but in that locker room, they know they run and they talk to.
"They know who they communicate with. Everybody knows where the real love is at. I'm not throwing anybody under the bus, but that's the difference between me and them."
Bryant added it was an "unfair situation" that left him surprised. The receiver, who was set to earn $12.5 million next season, also revealed he was willing to accept a pay cut, but that wasn't open for discussion during his meeting with owner Jerry Jones.
Bryant, 29, enters the free-agent market but expressed interest in staying in the NFC East.
"Being in the division, that's a huge possibility," Bryant said. "It's personal. I'm tired of being a scapegoat. I'm a real guy. I'm gonna prove that on and off the field."