The Dallas Cowboys might be forced to part ways with Dez Bryant before the start of the 2018 NFL season. The Cowboys are expected to try to ask Bryant to take a pay cut, which could lead to a standstill between the two parties.

To avoid having distractions while preparing for next season, there are speculations Dallas will trade the veteran wide receiver. According to Todd Archer of ESPN, nothing is certain with Bryant’s future with the Cowboys.

Dez Bryant, to shine again in San Francisco?

Bryant has been criticized over the past two seasons with his performance, and a chance of scenery could turn the tables around for the 29-year-old.

In the event the Cowboys decide to move on from the eight-year veteran, the San Francisco 49ers will likely be one of his possible destinations.

The 49ers are looking to add more pieces to surround their new face of the franchise, starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. San Francisco acquired Garoppolo in a trade with the New England Patriots earlier in the season, and the two parties are expected to agree to a contract extension.

According to Niner Noise, Bryant might be the red-zone threat the 49ers need to become more formidable. While he has struggled at times in the past two seasons, the former Oklahoma State standout is still known for his strong ability to inflict damage in tight spaces.

However, it remains to be seen if the Niners are willing to cash in and take a gamble on Bryant.

The veteran wide receiver also made headlines with problems on and off the field, which makes him a risky option for any team interested in acquiring him from the Cowboys.

Are the Cowboys still willing to keep Bryant?

The Cowboys are well aware of Bryant’s issues, which could make it easier for them to decide to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowler.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones gave the clearest statement so far with regards to their stance on Bryant’s status.

Jones recognized Bryant’s contribution to the team over the past eight seasons. However, the Cowboys exec also took a swipe at their star wide receiver. He said Bryant should be aware that his actions are affecting not just him, but the entire team, Dallas Morning News reported.

“He obviously has made so many great plays for us over the years but when you start to look at the things that we need to be better at that's one of them,” Jones said. “I think he needs to understand that it's not something that's just affecting him. It does affect his teammates.”

Bryant tallied 838 receiving yards with six touchdowns in 16 games last season. He has not recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards since the 2014 NFL season, where he posted 1,320 yards with 16 touchdowns.