Dez Bryant has signed 1-year deal with Saints

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The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the roster move has not been announced.

Since being selected by the Cowboys 24th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant has spent his entire career in Dallas, including three Pro Bowl seasons.

Bryant, who's 30 years old, maintained solid production throughout his career with the Cowboys prior to being released this offseason.

But his production had been slipping in recent years as he battled foot and knee injuries; he had 69 catches for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games played last year. He had previously turned down offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

The contract is only for the rest of this season, which likely includes a playoff run as the Saints have the second best record in the NFC at 7-1. They're also replacing the mediocre Meredith, who isn't much faster than Bryant, with an accomplished receiver.

For Bryant, the move means joining an elite quarterback in Drew Brees on a team with championship aspirations. Just two years ago New Orleans finished top three in all of these categories, and now that they have.




Bryant worked out for the Saints along with Brandon Marshall and Kamara Aiken earlier in the week but left New Orleans without a contract.

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.

Bryant arrives Thursday morning, and should immediately help the Saints' passing attack once he's up to speed on the offense given New Orleans has lacked a viable No. 2 wide receiver opposite Michael Thomas through nine games.

Those numbers may not look as good as what fans have come to expect from Bryant over the years, but they are still a solid addition for an already dynamic Saints' offense.

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