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Sean Payton can’t “forecast the future” with Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys v Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against cornerback Rasul Douglas #32 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Dallas Cowboys won 6-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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There was a report earlier this month that the Saints are interested in bringing wide receiver Dez Bryant back to New Orleans after his short 2018 stint with the team ended with a torn Achilles in his second practice.

The Saints have not signed or traded for any wideouts so far this offseason, but head coach Sean Payton’s answer about Bryant at this week’s league meetings fell well short of robust desire to see him back with the team this year.

“I just know he’s been rehabbing,” Payton said, via “I wouldn’t be able to forecast the future relative to Dez.”

Payton said the team expects improvement from Tre’Quan Smith, Austin Carr and Keith Kirkwood as well as a return to health from Cameron Meredith as they look to fill out the receiver group. They also signed tight end Jared Cook this week and his addition should help as they build their passing game for the 2019 season.