Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

New Orleans Saints sign ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, source says

New Orleans Saints sign ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, source says

Dez Bryant is finally making his long awaited, highly anticipated return to the National Football League by reportedly signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints.

However, his professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices. In 16 games last season, he caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns. 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. He had previously turned down offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

The Saints (7-1) will visit the Bengals (5-3) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

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.

Heading into Week 10, the Saints are second in the league in scoring at 34.9 points per game, eighth in third-down conversion percentage at 44.5% and sixth in red-zone scoring percentage (touchdowns) at 71.0%.

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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.

As for Bryant, one thing he might want to do before his return to Dallas on November 29 is purchase a few extra jerseys, because apparently, a bunch of his old teammates are hoping to trade with him after the game.

On the day he was released, Bryant blamed the move on the fact that multiple players on the Cowboys roster didn't want him on the team anymore.

New Orleans also has two games remaining against division rival Carolina (6-2). "He's a good player". Let's break down Bryant's value and that of the rest of the relevant players in the Saints' offense. 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.

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