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

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The Saints aren't getting the alpha dog receiver we saw in Dallas for seven seasons, but Sean Payton knows that and will craft a role that will allow Bryant to thrive.

Over the course of his eight-year career, Bryant has appeared in 113 regular season games with 99 starts, posting 531 receptions for 7,459 yards (14.0 avg.) with 73 touchdowns.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby defended as Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant gained extra yardage, in November 2017, after catching a pass in the first half of a game in Arlington, Texas.

After a long wait, Dez Bryant is finally getting his chance to play against the Dallas Cowboys this season. The market was pretty dry at that point for Bryant and it took until Wednesday for him to sign with the Saints.

That Bryant's production fell off in 2017 was more of an indictment of the Cowboys coaching staff than it was an indictment of his ability to still produce in this league. He will bolster a Saints receiving corps that has been without Ted Ginn Jr. since Week 5.

He still must learn one of the league's most complex offenses, but with so many playmakers around him, all the Saints should require on a weekly basis the rest of the season is for Bryant to be able to beat either a team's second or third cornerback. Drew Brees threw the ball just 23 times in a Week 8 win over the Minnesota Vikings, and then turned around and threw for 346 yards in a shootout win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9. This certainly adds a dimension to the Saints' Nov. 30 game, a Thursday night visit to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. "I think he's going to be a good veteran for that team".

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Bryant hasn't played football since New Year's Eve.

"Dez is a great player".

"It'll be exciting to face Dez, especially with him coming to his home here", Elliott said. "I know he can still contribute to a team and I'm glad it's going to be us".

"I'm really happy for him and that opportunity", Garrett said, via USA Today.

"It's not like you just hand him a playbook and expect him to learn it overnight", Brees said.

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