The three-time Pro Bowl selection already showed signs of regression before being released by the Dallas Cowboys in April and the Saints' offense has been firing on all cylinders even without him. A rising star in the league, Thomas has recorded 70 catches for 880 yards and five touchdowns in only eight games so far this season. "I know he'll help their team".
The Saints went into negotiations with Bryant's representatives with roughly $950,000 in available space, barely enough to cover his veteran's minimum salary of $915,000.
Bryant was among several receivers to work out for the Saints on Tuesday. He had previously turned down offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. What makes this move such a disadvantage for anyone playing New Orleans?
The Saints, sitting at 7-1 atop the NFC South, will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Week 10. The Saints also have free-agent signing Cameron Meredith, who's been unable to do much with the team, totaling just nine catches for 114 yards and one touchdown this season. Just two years ago New Orleans finished top three in all of these categories, and now that they have.
"They're getting a great receiver".
As for Bryant, one thing he might want to do before his return to Dallas on November 29 is purchase a few extra jerseys, because apparently, a bunch of his old teammates are hoping to trade with him after the game.
"Dez has been a really good player in this league for a long time and there's certainly a skillset he has that is going to be beneficial", Brees said. "He's definitely a special player and I'm glad he got picked up and I'm glad something worked out for him".
"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. That's good for the sixth-best percentage in the National Football League right now, behind Cincinnati (of all teams), Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Seattle, and division rival Carolina.