The Dez Bryant era has officially begun for the New Orleans Saints who have yet another tool in the toolbox for their second-ranked offense. Today, he signed with the team and took part in his first practice.
Still rocking number 88, but donning black and gold for the first time, Bryant will reportedly serve a bigger role than originally expected. In addition to losing Ted Ginn Jr. for the season, Cameron Meredith is also heading to the IR for arthroscopic knee surgery.
According to ESPN, Bryant’s one-year deal will pay him $600,000 dollars on a $1.25 million pro-rated base salary to go along with an extra $500,000 in incentives.
Money aside, the three-time Pro Bowler is already a fan of his new teammates and vice versa. “Oh man, I’m extremely excited. I get to play with that goat over there, that baby goat Mike Thomas, that baby goat Alvin Kamara and the big goat Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Lattimore. I’m just excited to play with these guys,” said Bryant.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas said, “Definitely. When I was growing up and playing the receiver position, you have to watch Dez if you want to be like that guy. He’s done tremendous in his career in the NFL so just to be able to have him here, like in your corner and be on the same team with him, just it’s great and has its benefits.”
Bryant says he predicted the Saints to win the Super Bowl last year, but doesn’t want to jinx anything when it comes to this year.