Louisiana Purchase: Saints Sign Dez Bryant

Louisiana Purchase: Saints Sign Dez Bryant

After the three-time Pro Bowler's production dipped last season - 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns - Bryant was released by the Cowboys with two years remaining on a five-year, $70m contract.

"People change over time and there are certain factors you just don't know about".

During the preseason, Bryant had been inside the Browns facility but Cleveland elected not to sign him.

By moving Bryant from the X-receiver position - the receiver who lines up on the line of scrimmage - the Saints will prevent teams from pressing him.

Although the Saints (7-1) have a seven-game win streak and are the No. 2 scoring team in the National Football League, they are thin on proven receivers.

The Saints are seventh in the league in total offense (402 yards per game), with a good balance between pass (289.9 yards per game; seventh in the league) and run (112.1 yards per game; 15th in the league). Just two years ago New Orleans finished top three in all of these categories, and now that they have. But let's sit back and enjoy the fact that, before we get to January, we'll be treated to a Week 13, nationally televised game where the Saints travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.

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The Saints also have yet to receive consistent production from Cameron Meredith, a former Chicago receiving leader who was acquired in free agency, but who also is trying to come back from major knee surgery that wiped out his 2017 season.

"Not at all. Ever since I got here, Dez was nothing but a help for me", Elliott said.

As for Bryant, one thing he might want to do before his return to Dallas on November 29 is purchase a few extra jerseys, because apparently, a bunch of his old teammates are hoping to trade with him after the game.

Added Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: "I'm happy he has an opportunity to go play and finish the right way, it will be a great environment for him to go out and make an impact".

The Saints understand that they are going to need any and every edge they can get throughout the rest of the season, and Dez Bryant pushes that red zone percentage even higher in all likelihood. "He's a good player".

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