Saints sign ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 09, 2018,
Nov 09, 2018, 0:33
I'm just hoping for the best for him. "He'll be a great addition".
NFL Media notes that Bryant will wear No. 88 in New Orleans and report to the team's facility on Thursday after spending Wednesday in Dallas with his son.
Former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler Dez Bryant is a free agent no more. Since that banner year, Bryant has posted just 150 catches, 2,035 yards and 17 touchdowns over the past three seasons. 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.
Watson was still with the Patriots in 2007 when they added another perceived malcontent in receiver Randy Moss, who caught 23 of Tom Brady's NFL-record 50 TD passes that season.
"We talked about it during the offseason a little bit", Brees said. "If somebody's new, you have a clean slate and you embrace that person because now they're your teammate".
The Saints went into negotiations with Bryant's representatives with roughly $950,000 in available space, barely enough to cover his veteran's minimum salary of $915,000.
Although the Saints (7-1) have a seven-game win streak and are the No. 2 scoring team in the National Football League, they are thin on proven receivers.
After waiting nearly three months into the season to sign a contract, Bryant, 30, is walking into an almost flawless situation in New Orleans.
The Saints also have yet to receive consistent production from Cameron Meredith, a former Chicago receiving leader who was acquired in free agency, but who also is trying to come back from major knee surgery that wiped out his 2017 campaign.
Since being selected by the Cowboys 24th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant has spent his entire career in Dallas, including three Pro Bowl seasons.
The Saints will visit the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on November 29.
"They're getting a great receiver". Like Colston, Bryant now struggles to separate from man coverage, but that issue is somewhat mitigated by his excellent ball skills, ability to outmuscle smaller corners (he'll see a ton of those in the slot!) and having Drew Brees, the league's most accurate quarterback, putting the ball in spots that make it easier to make those contested catches. "He's definitely a special player and I'm glad he got picked up and I'm glad something worked out for him".
"I'm really happy for him and that opportunity", Garrett said, via USA Today.
"The nice thing is we don't play them until December, so we will get an opportunity to see what they are doing with him", Panthers coach Ron Rivera said shortly after hearing about Bryant's agreement with the Saints. "He's a good player". I think at the start of the season, we weren't in that position, and then all of a sudden a couple of guys get nicked up and there becomes a place for him.