8 recent New Orleans Saints free agent signings that just didn’t pan out

Leigh Oleszczak
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The New Orleans Saints have had their fair share of bad free-agent signings, especially in recent years. Let’s take a look at eight recent free-agents the Saints brought in who just flat-out bombed in the Big Easy. 

Free agency is an important time for NFL teams because it gives them a chance to add talent at positions of need to improve their chances at contending for a Super Bowl.

The Saints have swung and missed on free agents just as every NFL team has but who have been some of the biggest misses in the past decade or so? I came up with seven free agents that the Saints signed who, for one reason or another, did not pan out.

8. Dez Bryant

This one might be harsh but I decided to include it anyway. Dez Bryant had spent eight years in Dallas and was coming off a 2017 season where he hauled in 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns for the Cowboys.

Despite still putting up solid numbers, Dallas released Bryant in the 2018 offseason and the former Oklahoma State product didn’t end up hooking on with a team until midway through the 2018 campaign. The Saints signed Bryant to help shore up their wide receiver depth chart but we never got to see Bryant in a black and gold jersey.

Two days after signing with New Orleans, Bryant tore his Achilles tendon during practice and never took the field as a member of the Saints.