The Dallas Cowboys turned heads when they released wide receiver Dez Bryant on Friday, and Michael Irvin pointed to the pass-catcher's tendency to fight when explaining the team's decision-making process.
Irving discussed Bryant on NFL Up To The Minute on Monday, per Nick Shook of NFL.com:
"Honestly, Dez is a fighter and what happens is when he gets in these situations he does what he knows how to do. He fights. And if you're not careful with how you speak to him and how you speak with him, he ends up fighting everybody and anybody and even fighting some of the people that are trying to help him. And I think that was the situation in Dallas.
"It got a little bad off the football field, then fighting to get back where he balls, where he wants to be and where he belongs and I think he was fighting even the people that were trying to help him."
When asked if the Cowboys were tired of Bryant and his approach to these situations, Irvin said, "To some degree, I guess that's how you can put it. They just said at this point we'll just move on because the fighting is not directed in the right places."
Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News pointed to "a spiraling relationship with the front office and some members of head coach Jason Garrett's staff" and noted Bryant even referred to "Garrett guys" when discussing his release in an NFL Network interview.
For his part, Bryant tweeted the decision to part ways wasn't his but was still a personal one:
Bryant is a three-time Pro Bowler who was one of the best wide receivers in the league not long ago. He tallied more than 1,200 receiving yards in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and posted 41 touchdowns during that three-year span.
However, there has been a significant dropoff since. He played just nine games in 2015 and hasn't reached double-digit touchdown totals in any of the last three years. Bryant's 838 receiving yards in 2017 were his most since the 2014 campaign.
Dallas added receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson this offseason to a group that already included Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams, and Irvin alluded to the fact it didn't think it was worth keeping Bryant around anymore.
While his days in Dallas are done, the Oklahoma State product is just 29 years old and can serve as a red-zone threat for whichever team signs him next.