Dez Bryant is back.
On Wednesday the former Dallas Cowboys receiver accepted a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced.
The move lands Bryant in the NFL after being left without a contract since his April release by the Cowboys. He also prepares it for a showdown against the Cowboys in Dallas in a Thursday night game on November 29th.
Bryant, 30, worked for the saints on Tuesday. A three-time selection of the Pro Bowl, it stands as the absolute leader of the Cowboys in touchdown with 73. But it has not had a season of 1,000 yards since 2014, and the Cowboys have decided to move from him in the spring.
The Saints, standing at 7-1 while they were playing a series of seven-game victories, were looking for help from the receiver to increase their 10th passage to the attack. Large receiver Michael Thomas is the fourth in the NFL with 880 yard receivers on 70 outlets, but no other player in the position on the New Orleans roster has more than 12 receptions.
Bryant could be forced to play Sunday at Cincinnati Bengals, given the short turning point. If he does not make his debut then, he could play the following week at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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