Richard Sherman reacts to Dez Bryant signing with New Orleans Saints

What Dez Bryant signing with the Saints means for fantasy football owners

What Dez Bryant signing with the Saints means for fantasy football owners

That Bryant's production fell off in 2017 was more of an indictment of the Cowboys coaching staff than it was an indictment of his ability to still produce in this league. While the veteran wide receiver held a workout for the team this week, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport revealed the two sides have come to terms on a deal.

Pro Bowler Michael Thomas is the only Saints receiver with more than 12 catches this season.

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New Orleans has proven no fewer than three times this year that the team is in win-now mode as Brees nears 40. He remains under contract with the Saints through 2019. They took on Teddy Bridgewater's contract-one larger than they usually pay for a backup-for insurance for Brees while sending away their third-round pick. But they did the same thing when they traded for former New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple last month. Bryant spent the majority of his career in Dallas playing on the outside, though he played more snaps than usual in the slot past year. His 7,459 career receiving yards rank fifth in team history. Meredith also hasn't seen a single target in the past three games. He had previously turned down offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. He openly flirted with the Patriots, though it's unclear if New England was crushing on him, too. "We worked out some players yesterday, which we do every week". From the people who love this game, who've played, they can understand that about it being somewhat harder for other people to figure that out. The Saints also have free-agent signing Cameron Meredith, who's been unable to do much with the team, totaling just nine catches for 114 yards and one touchdown this season. The fresh start has helped, as the 27-year-old has 22 catches for 396 yards with two touchdowns in six games with New England. Tre'Quan Smith, a third-round pick past year, has the second-most receiving yards for a wideout this season for the Saints at just 214 yards. That's good for the sixth-best percentage in the National Football League right now, behind Cincinnati (of all teams), Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Seattle, and division rival Carolina. Similarly, the team understood that a solid defense could key on Thomas in the postseason and leave them fighting with one hand.

And the news of Bryant's arrival in The Big Easy was met with excitement in the Saints' locker room. The Saints aren't getting the alpha dog receiver we saw in Dallas for seven seasons, but Sean Payton knows that and will craft a role that will allow Bryant to thrive.

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