Dez Bryant lands one-year contract with surging New Orleans Saints

Grant SmithNov 08, 2018

But after a workout on Tuesday, and a report of contract negotiations, Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune has reported the New Orleans Saints will sign Bryant.

Bryant's presence in New Orleans figures to boost a passing offense that already ranks as one of the top ten best in the NFL.

Both the Associated Press and ESPN confirmed the move on Wednesday citing league sources who requested anonymity. Garrett was asked if he had been hoping Bryant would sign with a team that doesn't play the Cowboys this year and he repeated his first answer, which basically seemed like his way of ducking the question.

However, his professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices.

The Dallas Cowboys did Dez Bryant no favors by cutting him as late as they did, and he lingered available through half a season.

But his production had been slipping in recent years as he battled foot and knee injuries; he had 69 catches for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games played last year.

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. He previously met with the Browns and Ravens.

The contract is only for the rest of this season, which likely includes a playoff run as the Saints have the second best record in the NFC at 7-1.

Bryant will have to know his place in the Saints' pecking order, but playing with a quarterback like Brees should help that. New Orleans signed Meredith to a two-year, $9.5 million deal in the offseason to be the No. 2 receiver. They're also replacing the mediocre Meredith, who isn't much faster than Bryant, with an accomplished receiver.

As for Bryant, one thing he might want to do before his return to Dallas on November 29 is purchase a few extra jerseys, because apparently, a bunch of his old teammates are hoping to trade with him after the game.

On the day he was released, Bryant blamed the move on the fact that multiple players on the Cowboys roster didn't want him on the team anymore.

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