Dallas Cowboys release Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant. Photo credit: MGN Online

(CNN) - The Dallas Cowboys have released wide receiver Dez Bryant.

According to ESPN, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones made the announcement on Friday morning.

Jerry Jones said in a statement, “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.”

The wide receiver was informed of his release after arriving at the team’s headquarters in Frisco, Texas. ESPN says that Bryant who met with Jones was not offered a pay cut.

Bryant took to twitter this morning saying, “Cowboy nation I need you to know this wasn’t my decision…I will always love y’all…forever Dallas in my heart”.