Saints sign ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant


The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an National Football League home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes from one of the most prolific quarterbacks in National Football League history in New Orleans' Drew Brees. A person familiar with the decision confirmed the move today, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the roster move has not been announced. Bryant spent the majority of his career in Dallas playing on the outside, though he played more snaps than usual in the slot a year ago.

However, Bryant's professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices.

Bryant had remained a free agent since his release last offseason by the Dallas Cowboys. Last season, Bryant caught 69 passes, including six touchdowns, for a grand total of 838 yards and was tied for third in the league in dropped passes. He signed his last Cowboys contract right after that, but has not approached that level of production since - a central reason Dallas released him in April.

During the preseason, Bryant had been inside the Browns facility but Cleveland elected not to sign him.

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The Saints also worked out veteran receivers Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken on Tuesday before making the deal with Bryant.

Led by record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints rank seventh on offense overall, averaging 402.2 yards per game, and seventh in passing, averaging 289.9 yards. They're also replacing the mediocre Meredith, who isn't much faster than Bryant, with an accomplished receiver. Richard Sherman certainly seems to like the signing for New Orleans.

The Saints understand that they are going to need any and every edge they can get throughout the rest of the season, and Dez Bryant pushes that red zone percentage even higher in all likelihood.

Bryant's chance for revenge will come soon as the Saints will face the Cowboys in three weeks on FOX's Thursday Night Football on November 29. "He's a good player".