Saints, Dez Bryant working on contract, report says

Bruce Irvin

"Each week we'll have different players in different spots, tight ends, running backs, but you're asking a question, I think, based on the other reports, so I'll get to the next question", Saints head coach Sean Payton told beat reporters Wednesday morning, shortly before word leaked of Bryant's imminent signing.

Bryant has now signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Bryant retweeted a person congratulating him on landing with the Saints, who lost receiver Ted Ginn Jr. for the year. Bryant's new teammate, Michael Thomas, was sixth, T-37th and third, respectively last season.

Bryant will have to know his place in the Saints' pecking order, but playing with a quarterback like Brees should help that. And they acquired cornerback Eli Apple from the Giants before the trade deadline by giving up their fourth- and seventh-round picks.

The Cowboys released Bryant on April 13 to save $8 million against the salary cap. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bryant has gone a career-long 23 regular-season games without a 100-yard performance.

Bryant had a team-leading 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns with the Cowboys in 2017. And the Cowboys were ultimately ready to move on from what executive vice president Stephen Jones described as a "fiery" personality that could sometimes be a "distraction". "I look forward to getting him involved in this offense and just become a complement to all the guys that we already have".

Bryant said in a tweet that was later deleted that he was being used as a "scapegoat" and that the team's issue was "garbage ass playcalling". Bryant called Lee a "snake".

The Saints (7-1, 1st in NFC South) play Dallas (3-5) on November 29. He also said that he never saw the wide receiver as disruptive.

"I'm happy for Dez, happy he has an opportunity to go play and finish the right way", Garrett said. "Right when I got here, he took me under his wing". "Anytime you can add that type of talent to your team is very important". I look forward to building a rapport with him. "He goes up and attacks the ball better than I've seen anyone".

"Dez is a great player".

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