The New Orleans Saints will be working out former Pro Bowler and free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant on Tuesday, according to Jane Slater of NFL Network.
The #Saints have been evaluating Dez Bryant’s tape since his release. I’m told the consensus all along was Bryant still had something but they have always maintained it would have to make sense and be the right fit. Thomas is and will continue to be their top of mind receiver. https://t.co/ckmZEzOYnY— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) November 6, 2018
The 30-year-old Bryant was released by the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason, but the three-time Pro Bowler has yet to sign a new contract. The Cleveland Browns gave Bryant a look and offered him a contract, but Bryant decided not to sign and said he would wait for other teams to give him a chance.
New Orleans sits at 7-1, coming off a convincing 45-35 home win over the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams. If they were to sign Bryant, the offensive juggernaut Saints would have yet another weapon to join the likes of Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram Jr.
Quarterback Drew Brees is having an MVP-like season with 2,336 yards and 18 touchdowns against just one interception on the season. New Orleans ranks seventh in yards per game (402), and second in points per game (34.9).
Take all of this into account, and it's safe to say that Bryant would be an excellent fit on the Saints offense. Of course, he has to show he's not rusty - having last played an NFL game approx. 10 months ago now.
After registering 1,000 yards in three consecutive years (2012 to '14), Bryant has been slowed by injuries and inconsistent production over the last three years. In 2017, he had just 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns.
The Cowboys released Bryant in order to create cap space, and he's waited patiently ever since for his next job. The Saints could decide to give Bryant a chance, as Brees turns 40 in January and only has so many years left in the NFL. Signing Bryant gives Brees another premier red zone threat. It'd be a low-risk, high-reward move, so don't be surprised if the Saints wind up signing him.