Dez Bryant signs with Saints


New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is more or less legendary in his ability to navigate the salary cap, and he's done it again in signing former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Both the Associated Press and ESPN confirmed the move on Wednesday citing league sources who requested anonymity.

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.

However, Bryant's professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices. 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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Not long after his release from Dallas, Bryant turned down a three-year contract offer from the Baltimore Ravens, according to several media outlets.

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. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. was placed on injured reserve last month with a knee injury, and Cameron Meredith hasn't panned out as hoped since joining the team as a restricted free agent, with zero targets over the past three games.

Having said all that: In a few weeks, it's POSSIBLE he's the No. 2 receiver in New Orleans.

The Saints will visit the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on November 29. "He's a good player". It will be interesting to see how the Saints, who have been one of the most creative and productive offenses in the National Football League over the last few seasons, use Bryant in the second half of the season. 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.