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

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

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 NFL home Wednesday after he agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

The wide receiver confirmed the news on Twitter after Ian Rapoport of NFL.com first reported the deal:

On Thursday, Rapoport reported the contract is worth a maximum of $1.75 million, and Bryant can earn $500,000 in reception incentives. Bryant was signed in the wake of a knee injury to Cameron Meredith that will require surgery, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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

CBSSports.com's 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, 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.

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