“It’s sad news. That’s a brother to me,” Prescott said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “Put the football stuff behind you, and what he meant to me as a person, what he meant to me as a brother, it’s tough to see him go. It shows you it’s a business. All it does is motivate me and puts all this in perspective. Just got to go to work.”
“Dez is going to be a hard guy to replace,” Prescott added. “He’s a talented guy, so he’ll be missed.”
Following his release, Bryant insinuated that coaches, players he labeled as “Garrett guys” and captains all played roles his release.
“I mean, I’m sure he’s hearing stuff, and I’m sure he’s getting it from a lot of different ways, so I mean, I’m not going to finger-point at anybody,” Prescott said. “I’m not going to get upset for who he’s pointing at or who he thinks did this. So I mean, as I said, it’s a business, and it’s part of it.”
Prescott stressed that Bryant was a “great player” for them, but his focus remains on getting better every week.
“He was a great player,” Prescott said. “He did a lot of great things for us, obviously. I mean, he was a guy in man-to-man [coverage] you go to. So I mean, at this point we’ve got to figure that out with the guys we got, and I’m sure we’re going to go after guys in the draft and free agency, who knows? All I can do is continue to get better at my job and just do the best I can.”
As for Bryant, his market has been slow-moving thus far and it looks like he’ll have to settle for much lower salary than he was scheduled to make in 2018 before his release.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.