Saints officially announce the signing of Dez Bryant

Florence Fletcher
November 10, 2018

The 30-year-old veteran will be signing a one-year deal for a salary now unknown after being cut by the Cowboys in April when he was on the books for $12.5 million. How does his involvement in the offense affect fantasy football?

The Saints face the Cowboys in Week 13, giving Bryant a matchup against the team that drafted him with the No. 24 pick in 2010, and the only franchise he's played for until now. Those numbers are far below the 1,300-yard, 10-plus touchdowns seasons we were used to seeing.

Before the injury, Meredith led the Bears with 66 receptions, 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.

The 6-3 Michael Thomas is coming off one of the best games of his career, in which he caught 12 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown.

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But it took longer than expected for the wide receiver to be signed by a team. He won't have the same pressure from the organization and fan base. Similarly, the team understood that a solid defense could key on Thomas in the postseason and leave them fighting with one hand. The addition of Bryant, whatever his skill is will force defenders to at least pay attention to him, leaving Thomas, Kamara and Smith with more single coverage.

"The nice thing is we don't play them until December, so we will get an opportunity to see what they are doing with him", Panthers coach Ron Rivera said shortly after hearing about Bryant's agreement with the Saints. With enough practice, he should be ready in Week 11 against a familiar opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. He surely has November 29 circled on his calendar, which will be his emotional return to Jerry's World in Arlington.

As for Bryant, he'll find himself working against number two corners and while he won't be the number one receiver he's likely to get some big-time targets. Reuniting with a veteran pocket passer could be just the change he needs to snap back into form and prove he's still capable of delivering a Pro Bowl campaign. He can still make something happen with those opportunities, though.

Watson was still with the Patriots in 2007 when they added another perceived malcontent in receiver Randy Moss, who caught 23 of Tom Brady's NFL-record 50 TD passes that season.

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