Saints signing Dez Bryant is all about the playoffs

Dez Bryant

A person familiar with the situation says free-agent Dez Bryant and the Saints have agreed on contract terms that will add the former Dallas Cowboys star to one of the NFL's top offenses in New Orleans.

Now, Bryant is no longer the All-Pro talent he once was.

The Saints face the Cowboys in Week 13, giving Bryant a matchup against the team that drafted him with the No. 24 pick in 2010, and the only franchise he's played for until now. Like Colston, Bryant now struggles to separate from man coverage, but that issue is somewhat mitigated by his excellent ball skills, ability to outmuscle smaller corners (he'll see a ton of those in the slot!) and having Drew Brees, the league's most accurate quarterback, putting the ball in spots that make it easier to make those contested catches.

Pro Bowler Michael Thomas is the only Saints receiver with more than 12 catches this season.

The Saints have shown they can win in multiple ways this year.

Despite all that, there doesn't seem to be any animosity between the Cowboys and Bryant.

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The Bryant signing is all about postseason play for New Orleans.

Over his career, Bryant has just one game played in the SuperDome, catching one pass for 44 yards in a 2013 blowout loss, 49-17. In 16 games last season, he caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

Players across the National Football League also expressed their encouragement for Bryant's deal, which will reportedly be for this season alone.

Bryant said in a tweet that was later deleted that he was being used as a "scapegoat" and that the team's issue was "garbage ass playcalling". New Orleans is one of the best teams in the league and he is going to be playing alongside one of the top quarterbacks of all-time.

The Saints are winning here, too. But things have been more hit-and-miss behind Thomas, with Ted Ginn (knee) out for the season while Tre'Quan Smith contributes some and Cameron Meredith has now gone catchless in three straight games. Not only were they a good team last week, they were able to sign Dez Bryant to help bolster their offense.

The Saints are rolling the dice a bit that Bryant will be a good locker room fit with a team that is on such a good run.

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