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The wide receiver seemed to confirm the news on Twitter:
Per ESPN.com’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys’ decision to part ways with the 30-year-old came down to a combination of his $16.5 million cap hit for 2018 and “sideline outbursts” that had become a distraction.
CBS Sports’ Dave Richard also highlighted three stats that indicate Bryant is on the downslope of his career:
Dave Richard @daverichard
Dez Bryant led the NFL with 12 drops last yr per @PFF (other sites say 6), had just two in 2016.
Was 9 of 36 on 15-plus yard passes last year, 15 of 36 in 2016.
Has had a catch rate under 53 percent in each of the last three seasons.
Despite some rough moments over the past two seasons, Bryant is still a valuable asset. He’s a big receiver at 6’2″, 220 pounds, which makes it difficult for opposing cornerbacks to outmuscle him at the line of scrimmage.
For the Saints, he’s another weapon at quarterback Drew Brees‘ disposal as the team attempts a Super Bowl run. He’ll join a loaded offense that includes Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Michael Thomas, among others, giving Brees a reliable option over the middle of the field and a true red-zone threat.
Art Stapleton @art_stapleton
All the mocking of Dez Bryant in the aftermath of being released in Dallas and how he was without a team for so long, talk about waiting it out for what is a tremendous opportunity in New Orleans.
Good for Dez.
While Bryant is no longer an elite target, he doesn’t need to be in New Orleans, where Kamara and Thomas are the focal points. Instead, he’ll improve the team’s wide receiver depth alongside Tre’Quan Smith and Cameron Meredith.