The best free-agent wide receiver is finally off the market, and he's heading to a Saints team that doesn't need him to be anything more than what he is at 30 years old.
Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant reportedly agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. Although he'll take a backseat to Thomas, there's a major opportunity due to the lack of depth at receiver on the Saints now. The Saints are 7-1 and boast an offensive foundation of playmakers with Thomas, running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, tight end Benjamin Watson, and even all-purpose backup quarterback Taysom Hill. It's unclear what his role will be in New Orleans. Trading for Eli Apple, a former first-round draft pick, has given them stability on the boundary opposite of Marshon Lattimore.
During the preseason, Bryant had been inside the Browns facility but Cleveland elected not to sign him. He openly flirted with the Patriots, though it's unclear if New England was crushing on him, too.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the contract will be signed on Thursday. We may or may not sign a receiver. From the people who love this game, who've played, they can understand that about it being somewhat harder for other people to figure that out.
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Bryant now joins a receiving corps that includes Michael Thomas, fourth in the league in receiving, Cameron Meredith, Tre'Quan Smith and Austin Carr. 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.
New Orleans knew it couldn't go deep in the playoffs without shoring up their defense backfield, hence the trade for Apple ahead of the deadline two weeks ago.
On one hand, the obvious answer is yes. What makes this move such a disadvantage for anyone playing New Orleans? The Saints play at Dallas on November 29.
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