Saints sign ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant

Lynette Rowe
November 8, 2018

The Saints face the Cowboys in Week 13, giving Bryant a matchup against the team that drafted him with the No. 24 pick in 2010, and the only franchise he's played for until now. Since that banner year, Bryant has posted just 150 catches, 2,035 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past three seasons. "I don't know all the dynamics", Watson said.

Seeking salary cap relief, the Cowboys released Bryant after last season with two years remaining on the receiver's five-year, $70 million contract.

Meanwhile, how the Saints plan to work in Bryant during practices before Sunday's game remains to be seen.

Bryant visited New Orleans on Monday, working out with fellow wideouts Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken. He'd previously met with Cleveland and Baltimore. New Orleans is one of the best teams in the league and he is going to be playing alongside one of the top quarterbacks of all-time.

The Saints, sitting at 7-1 atop the NFC South, will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Week 10.

New Orleans appears to be all-in on a Super Bowl run, with 39-year-old quarterback Drew Brees having one of the best seasons of his career as the Saints continue to make aggressive moves to fill holes in the lineup.

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"I'm happy for Dez, happy he has an opportunity to go play and finish the right way", Garrett said.

For an idea on the lack of wide receiver production outside of Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., who is on injured reserve with a knee injury, hasn't played since Week 4, yet his 22 targets still rank as the second-most among the wideouts behind Thomas.

"They're getting a great receiver".

Bryant's return to the National Football League with the Saints means he could play against his former club in a few weeks. "He's definitely a special player and I'm glad he got picked up and I'm glad something worked out for him".

"Each week we'll have different players in different spots, tight ends, running backs, but you're asking a question, I think, based on the other reports, so I'll get to the next question", Saints head coach Sean Payton told beat reporters Wednesday morning, shortly before word leaked of Bryant's imminent signing. "He's a good player".

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