The Dez Bryant saga has finally reached its next chapter as the receiver-needy Saints have signed the former Dallas Cowboy to a one-year deal. 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.
For a player with 531 career receptions for 7,459 yards receiving and 73 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Cowboys, that scenario works in the Saints' favor.
Since the end of last season, heavy speculation arose about the possibility of the Dallas Cowboys parting ways with their longtime number one wide receiver, Dez Bryant.
The Saints (7-1) now sit atop the NFC South and visit the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) on Sunday.
Last season was Bryant's best since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014, which at the time was his third consecutive season with at least 1,200 yards receiving. He signed his last contract right after that but has not approached that level of production since - a central reason Dallas released him in April.
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The Saints have racked up the seventh-most passing yards per game this season with 289.9 and second-most most points at 34.9. Let's break down Bryant's value and that of the rest of the relevant players in the Saints' offense.
The Saints face the Cowboys in Week 13, giving Bryant a matchup against the team that drafted him with the No. 24 pick in 2010, and the only franchise he's played for until now.
Bryant's return to the National Football League with the Saints means he could play against his former club in a few weeks. New Orleans signed Meredith to a two-year, $9.5 million deal in the offseason to be the No. 2 receiver.
"Dez has been a really good player in this league for a long time and there's certainly a skillset he has that is going to be beneficial", Brees said.