From one 88 to another, Irvin wants Bryant to stay in Dallas. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been some chatter in recent weeks that the Dallas Cowboys might be thinking about cutting Dez Bryant, who is set to count for $16.5 million against the cap in 2018. Just don’t ask Michael Irvin to go along with that idea.

In an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Monday, Irvin made it clear he thinks that would be an awful idea.

“You don’t find No. 1 receivers hanging off trees like leaves,” Irvin said (h/t Mike Florio of PFT). “So what you gonna do, let Dez go? Who they got to replace him? . . . You don’t find them this easily, and the Cowboys would be stupid — stupid — to let this boy go right now.”

Based on recent comments by owner Jerry Jones, it seems he agrees with that assessment.

Still, we can’t help but wonder if the Cowboys will at the least lay down an ultimatum — take a pay cut or be cut. Bryant isn’t the same player he used to be. He’s lost a lot of explosiveness off the line of scrimmage due to foot injuries, and he doesn’t seem to have the same chemistry with Dak Prescott that he had with Tony Romo.

If the Cowboys did decide to cut Bryant, they’d save $8.5 million against the cap, which would go a long way toward helping the team shore up other areas of weakness. It’s going to be interesting to see what goes down this spring when it’s time to make some tough choices.

QUIZ: Name every NFL Hall of Famer to have played with the Dallas Cowboys

22 players and personnel in the franchise history of the Dallas Cowboys have been elected into the NFL Hall of Fame. How many of these Cowboy greats can you name?

Clue: Position with team/Years active with team

Score:
0/23
Time:
6:00
CB 1970–1972
Herb Adderley
QB 1989–2000
Troy Aikman
G, OT 1994–2005
Larry Allen
WR 1971–1972
Lance Alworth
TE 1969–1972
Mike Ditka
RB 1977–1987
Tony Dorsett
OT 1971
Forrest Gregg
DE 1992–1996
Charles Haley
WR 1965–1974
Bob Hayes
WR 1988–1999
Michael Irvin
Executive 1989-
Jerry Jones
Coach 1960–1988
Tom Landry
DT 1961–1974
Bob Lilly
WR 1964
Tommy McDonald
Coach 2003–2006
Bill Parcells
S, CB 1964–1977
Mel Renfro
CB, KR 1995–1999
Deion Sanders
Executive 1960–1989
Tex Schramm
RB 1990–2002
Emmitt Smith
TE 1978
Jackie Smith
QB 1969–1979
Roger Staubach
DT 1975–1988
Randy White
OT 1967–1979
Rayfield Wright
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