The long wait for Dez Bryant is finally over. He is now a member of the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple media reports.
After eight seasons in Dallas, Bryant, 30, was released by the Cowboys on April 13. If Bryant had remained on Dallas' roster for this season, he would have responsible for a $16.5 million cap hit.
The Ravens reportedly offered Bryant a three-year deal but he turned it down because he did not want to sign a multi-year deal. Baltimore quickly pivoted and signed Willie Snead.
In August, Bryant made an appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks" when he visited with the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland reportedly offered Bryant a one-year deal with a base value less than $5 million. Bryant turned it down.
The "Dez Bryant to insert NFL franchise" buzz went silent for the past couple months until this week.
Bryant now joins a 7-1 football team that just handed the Sean McVay led Rams their first loss of the season on Sunday.
Michael Thomas has been one of the top wide receivers in the NFL this season (2nd in receptions, 4th in receiving yards) but he is the only Saints receiver with more than 12 receptions (RB Alvin Kamara has 51, TE Benjamin Watson has 26).
Last season in Dallas, Bryant finished with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bryant got his wish of a one-year deal.
Dez Bryant’s deal with the Saints is for one year, through end of this season, per source. He wanted to prove what he can do and become a free agent again. And he gets to do it for a contender, which also was important to him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2018
It certainly feels like the Saints are pushing all their chips to the middle of the table to try to give 39-year-old Drew Brees another shot at a Super Bowl.
Regardless of success or failure, Bryant's return to Dallas on Thursday, November 29 should be very entertaining.
If I didn’t have my edge I got it now... I’m sorry they got to feel me it’s personal... it’s very personal— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) April 13, 2018
Get your popcorn ready!