Saints To Sign Dez Bryant

The Saints have agreed to sign Dez Bryant, according to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune (on Twitter). It’s a one-year pact that Bryant will formally ink on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of (Twitter link). The two sides started negotiating shortly after Bryant’s workout on Tuesday afternoon and reached agreement on Wednesday morning. 

The deal brings Bryant’s lengthy unemployment to an end. The Cowboys released Bryant in April, after most of the league’s free agent dollars were already spent. Weeks later, the veteran rejected a three-year, $21MM offer from the Ravens, a decision that has been panned by many. Bryant ultimately got what he wanted, a short-term deal that will allow him to test free agency again in 2019. However, he missed out on the first half of the season and significant cash.

Bryant averaged 91 catches for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns between 2012 and 2014, but his averages plummeted to 50 catches for 678 yards and six TDs over the last three years. He also missed ten games due to injury between 2015 and 2016, and some say he wasn’t giving 100% towards the end of his run in Dallas. Some say that Bryant isn’t the player that he once was, but the veteran is motivated to prove the doubters wrong.

All in all, the Saints believe he’ll offer more than Brandon Marshall or Kamar Aiken, two receivers who also worked out for New Orleans on Tuesday. Jeremy Kerley was also scheduled to audition, but weather interfered with his flight.

The Saints haven’t lost since their season opener against the Buccaneers and lead the NFC South with a 7-1 record. After losing supporting receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Tommylee Lewis to injury earlier this year, Bryant is expected to provide a boost behind talented starters Michael Thomas, Cameron Meredith, and Tre’Quan Smith.

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  1. korn_cakes33

    Good, I was worried that about the Saints. They had literally zero offensive weapons /s

  2. Thronson5

    I’m a fan of this guy. I hope he does well for the Saints. Not a fan of the Saints but hard to not be a fan of Brees and I think as good as Brees is he will find ways to get Dez the ball. Dez didn’t really decline until that wash of a QB Dak took over and I don’t care what anyone has to say, that guy isn’t that good. Look at Dez’ number when he had a actually QB who can sling the ball like Romo. I could be wrong I guess but I really think he will do good with a good QB. Time will tell, but I really
    hope prices the people wrong.

  3. BsFan78

    Think an 11/29 showdown IN Dallas had anything to do with him being interested in the Saints?

    • Chris

      I think saints being 8-1 with only one notable receiver was a huge part, as Dez turned down money from the Ravens and Browns as he awaited either a contender or the Cowboys to come crawling back. Amari Cooper ended any dallas dream.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I hate that the league has Thursday games but that one in Dallas will be worth watching. Cowboys probably have to sweep the 3 game home stand that starts on Thanksgiving Day to make the playoffs.

    • eric53027

      I think it’s the fact someone offered him a contract finally after overplaying his hand early on in free agency

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