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Dez Bryant lands one-year contract with surging New Orleans Saints

Dez Bryant lands one-year contract with surging New Orleans Saints

Expect the Saints to deploy Bryant as a big slot receiver, similar to the role Marques Colston played in the offense over his long, productive career. Just two years ago New Orleans finished top three in all of these categories, and now that they have. He remains under contract with the Saints through 2019. And they acquired cornerback Eli Apple from the Giants before the trade deadline by giving up their fourth- and seventh-round picks.

Just last month, Bryant let it be known he would rather play for the Cowboys again than anywhere else. He openly flirted with the Patriots, though it's unclear if New England was crushing on him, too.

The Saints also worked out veteran receivers Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken on Tuesday before making the deal with Bryant.

"Each week we'll have different players in different spots, tight ends, running backs, but you're asking a question, I think, based on the other reports, so I'll get to the next question", Saints head coach Sean Payton told beat reporters Wednesday morning, shortly before word leaked of Bryant's imminent signing. We may or may not sign a receiver. From the people who love this game, who've played, they can understand that about it being somewhat harder for other people to figure that out. Although he'll take a backseat to Thomas, there's a major opportunity due to the lack of depth at receiver on the Saints now.

Man City boss Guardiola: Southampton will be much fresher
City, one of Hughes' former sides, were rampant and all but wrapped the game up with three goals in the opening 18 minutes. Alvaro Morata scored twice as unbeaten Chelsea climbed to second with a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace.

New Orleans appears to be all-in on a Super Bowl run, with 39-year-old quarterback Drew Brees having one of the best seasons of his career as the Saints continue to make aggressive moves to fill holes in the lineup.

Last season was Bryant's best since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014, which at the time was his third consecutive season with at least 1,200 yards receiving. Similarly, the team understood that a solid defense could key on Thomas in the postseason and leave them fighting with one hand.

The Saints play the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football one week from Thanksgiving (November 29) in Dallas, where Bryant will have the chance to face off against his former team.

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