Dez Bryant signing with New Orleans Saints

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METAIRIE, La. — Dez Bryant is behind in a NFL, and he is fasten one of a league’s tip Super Bowl contenders. The former Dallas Cowboys receiver has concluded to a one-year understanding with a New Orleans Saints, a source reliable to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday. Bryant’s income was not immediately known.

Sources told Schefter that Bryant, who will pointer a understanding Thursday, is gentle proof what he can do for a contending group this deteriorate before apropos a giveaway representative again.

Although a Saints (7-1) have a seven-game win strain and are a No. 2 scoring group in a NFL, they are skinny on proven receivers. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. was placed on harmed haven final month with a knee injury, and Cameron Meredith hasn’t panned out as hoped given fasten a group as a limited giveaway agent, with 0 targets over a past 3 games.

Pro Bowler Michael Thomas is a usually Saints receiver with some-more than 12 catches this season.

The Saints are rolling a bones a bit that Bryant will be a good locker room fit with a group that is on such a good run. But they did a same thing when they traded for former New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple final month.

New Orleans appears to be all-in on a Super Bowl run, with 39-year-old quarterback Drew Brees carrying one of a best seasons of his career as a Saints continue to make assertive moves to fill holes in a lineup. They also traded for backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater late in a preseason.

Bryant, who incited 30 on Sunday, had been on a open marketplace given he was expelled in Dallas in April, when he was due to accept $12.5 million.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was among a NFL’s best in his prime. He available 3 true seasons of during slightest 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014, and he warranted Pro Bowl invites in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

But his prolongation had been slipping in new years as he battled feet and knee injuries; he had 69 catches for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games played final year. And a Cowboys were eventually prepared to pierce on from what executive clamp boss Stephen Jones described as a “fiery” celebrity that could infrequently be a “distraction.”

Jones also set off Bryant when he suggested in a SiriusXM Radio talk in Jul that there was combined vigour on immature Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott with Bryant and maestro parsimonious finish Jason Witten “in his ear.”

Bryant pronounced in a twitter that was after deleted that he was being used as a “scapegoat” and that a team’s emanate was “garbage donkey playcalling.” He also called Cowboys owners Jerry Jones “clueless” and blamed his recover on veterans Travis Frederick and Sean Lee. Bryant called Lee a “snake.”

Soon after, Bryant tweeted several times that he binds no sourness or annoy toward a Cowboys.

Regardless, it should make for an engaging reunion when Bryant and a Saints play during Dallas in Week 13 on Thursday Night Football.

Cowboys manager Jason Garrett reacted to a Bryant understanding Wednesday.

“Dez is a good player. Dez was a good actor in this classification for a prolonged time. Really happy for him and that opportunity,” he said. “I know it’s critical to him. He wants to finish his career strong. He’s finished such a good pursuit for this classification and been an impact actor in this joining over a march of his 8 years playing. Seems like a genuine good event for him. we know he’ll assistance their team.”

In New Orleans, Bryant will expected be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver along with earnest rookie Tre’Quan Smith, who posted 11 catches for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns over a past 4 games after Ginn was injured.

The Saints’ many dire need is for a container receiver. It’s misleading if Thomas or Bryant will fill that purpose many often. Bryant spent a infancy of his career in Dallas personification on a outside, yet he played some-more snaps than common in a container final year.

The Saints also worked out maestro receivers Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken on Tuesday before creation a understanding with Bryant.

ESPN’s Todd Archer contributed to this report.

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