Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Dez Bryant Signing With New Orleans Saints

Dez Bryant Signing With New Orleans Saints

If Bryant plays in this season's NFC Championship Game, it will be the first of his career.

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.

According to both the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater, Bryant has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. 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. "I don't know all the dynamics", Watson said. Bryant worked out for the Saints along with Brandon Marshall and Kamara Aiken earlier in the week but left New Orleans without a contract. The Saints aren't getting the alpha dog receiver we saw in Dallas for seven seasons, but Sean Payton knows that and will craft a role that will allow Bryant to thrive.

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

Bryant retweeted a person congratulating him on landing with the Saints, who lost receiver Ted Ginn Jr. for the year. He had previously turned down offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

The Saints are now 7-1 and the top-scoring offense in the NFC. 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.

Led by the record-setting Brees, the Saints rank seventh on offence overall, averaging 402.2 yards per game, and seventh in passing, averaging 289.9 yards. "Really happy for him and that opportunity", he said. "He goes up and attacks the ball better than I've seen anyone".

Those numbers may not look as good as what fans have come to expect from Bryant over the years, but they are still a solid addition for an already dynamic Saints' offense. That's good for the sixth-best percentage in the National Football League right now, behind Cincinnati (of all teams), Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Seattle, and division rival Carolina.

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