Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant is ready for an NFL comeback. Could the New Orleans Saints entertain the idea of signing him?
The 31-year-old Dez Bryant has been rehabbing from a career-altering Achilles injury from November 2018 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Bryant is a former All-Pro receiver and has been to numerous Pro Bowls while on the Dallas Cowboys.
After a successful 2017 campaign where he palyed all 16 games, Bryant wasn’t brought back for 2018. He then signed with New Orleans and was injured just days later, and now, he wants back int eh league.
He went to Twitter to post his progress from the setback and announce his intentions to return to the league.
Bryant also noted that he would call the Saints first in his goal of rejoining the NFL.
The Saints (8-2) remain in first place in the NFC South and face the Carolina Panthers (5-5) at home to try and stay in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
In their last game, the offense got back in rhythm and posted 27 points, after failing to score a touchdown at home against Atlanta. The defense was able to post seven points with a 55-yard interception return touchdown from safety Marcus Williams.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas led the team as he usually does each week, with eight catches for 114 yards and a score, still on pace to post the most receptions in a single season in NFL history.
Running back Alvin Kamara helped the team out in the receiving game with 47 yards on 10 catches, and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. scored a touchdown, but only had 14 yards on the afternoon.
Tight end Jared Cook has just two catches for 33 yards, but was able to haul in a spectacular touchdown grab from 3 yards out. Quarterback Drew Brees had an accurate, but somewhat average game, by completing 28 of 35 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns.
His performance under the helm represented a “Bridgewater-like” performance in a way, by not turning the ball over and picking apart a defense with quick passes.
So with the team rolling along again, a Bryant addition would no doubt make it tougher to defeat New Orleans.
As the season becomes tougher down the stretch, teams may start to double-team Thomas, which would be a tough test for the Saints’ offense.
Bryant can be valuable on third downs and in the red zone for head coach Sean Payton, as he could expect a call from the wide receiver or his representative very soon.
Why not take the chance? Why not bolster your receiving corps? Why not fix a weakness of this team that was apparent in the 2018 postseason? Why not help Thomas?