Dez Bryant, Saints Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Contract After Cowboys Release

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Dez Bryant, Saints Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Contract After Cowboys Release
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) walks in the end zone before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

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Wide receiver Dez Bryant found a new home Wednesday after he agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. 

The wide receiver seemed to confirm the news on Twitter:

The Dallas Cowboys released Bryant on April 13, making him a free agent for the first time in his eight-year NFL career. 

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:

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. 

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.

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