Brice Butler will not return to Cowboys unless he’s a starter

Brice Butler appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and dished on his plans for the 2018 season.

Butler expressed some complaints about playing time, noting he was left on the sidelines in crucial situations in favor of the highly paid Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Asked by Cowherd if he would return to Dallas with Bryant still around Butler responded.

“With Dallas, the situation has to be right for me to go back. I have to be a starter. If I’m not starting, I’m not going back.”

Butler also spoke about his relationship with quarterback Dak Prescott.

“I feel like me and Dak have a really good relationship. We work on routes. There’s times that we might not have completed a square-out throw in practice, and we’re taking that time out in practice to actually work on it. So I think that’s why when you saw us in the game, he tried to come to me, and most of the times we produced.”

Butler caught 15 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns in 2017 which was his third year with the Cowboys. With Bryant, Williams, Jason Witten and Cole Beasley on the field there is not enough targets to keep everyone happy on the Cowboys. Asked whether or not Bryant would have to be gone in order for him to return, Butler stopped short.

“We’ll see. I don’t know. I mean Dez has been the guy there, so it’s kind of unfair for me to say a guy like Dez has to be gone because he’s 75-plus touchdowns there. He’s done some stuff that I’ve dreamed of doing as a kid for an organization. It’s unfair to say, but going into free agency, thinking about Dallas, there will be some things that I would have to know before anything [happens].”

Bryant failed to reach the 1,000 yard plateau for the third straight season. He finished with just 838 receiving yards despite playing in all 16 games for the Cowboys. He caught six touchdowns.