A chapter in the annals of Clemson Tigers football is properly over.

After he was benched in favor of freshman Trevor Lawrence, quarterback Kelly Bryant knew he was done at Clemson. He didn't want to be a reserve player for the team he used to lead, and was widely expected to transfer in search for a better opportunity next season. 

That new life beyond Clemson is about to begin for Bryant in earnest, as he has officially received his release papers, per Rivals reporter Woody Wommack:

Now, something resembling free agency for a seasoned QB with College Football Playoff will begin. 

It's just the next step in the process for something that emerged as a possibility as soon as Lawrence starting showing out in offseason camp. There was a sliver of hope that Bryant would stay when Lawrence went down during the team's narrow victory against Syracuse with a concussion, but he isn't going to wait around to fill. Lawrence will be ​back before you know it. Bryant won't be.

​​With his official release in hand, it's time for Bryant to enjoy the luxury of having a slew of big schools try to land him.