Dez Bryant Signs With Saints

Report Wide receiver Dez Bryant to sign with the Saints

Report Wide receiver Dez Bryant to sign with the Saints

Bryant also took a shot at the team in July where he ripped multiple people, including coach Jason Garrett, for running a "garbage ass" offense. Perhaps he still has something left in the tank as he joins one of the NFL's best teams. He remains under contract with the Saints through 2019. But they did the same thing when they traded for former New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple last month.

Bryant's return to the National Football League with the Saints means he could play against his former club in a few weeks. But his play fell off dramatically a year ago when he failed to register a single 100-yard game. He had previously turned down offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He openly flirted with the Patriots, though it's unclear if New England was crushing on him, too.

Veteran Saints tight end Ben Watson said players in New Orleans' locker room must guard against pre-judging Bryant based on superficial observations from old television clips without knowing all the facts or how Bryant has evolved personally since.




The Saints understand that they are going to need any and every edge they can get throughout the rest of the season, and Dez Bryant pushes that red zone percentage even higher in all likelihood. We may or may not sign a receiver. Last season, Bryant caught 69 passes, including six touchdowns, for a grand total of 838 yards and was tied for third in the league in dropped passes. Although he'll take a backseat to Thomas, there's a major opportunity due to the lack of depth at receiver on the Saints now. At the same time, New Orleans is without deep threat Ted Ginn Jr., who is now on injured reserve and won't be eligible to return until the final few weeks of the season, if he's ready by then. The most impressive run of Bryant's career came from 2012 to 2014, as he topped 1,230 yards and 12 touchdowns in each season.

Bryant's former teammates on the Cowboys wished him the best in his new gig Wednesday.

Bryant arrives Thursday morning, and should immediately help the Saints' passing attack once he's up to speed on the offense given New Orleans has lacked a viable No. 2 wide receiver opposite Michael Thomas through nine games.

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