Dez Bryant has signed 1-year deal with Saints

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For Dez Bryant, signing a one-year deal with a contender like the New Orleans Saints gives him an opportunity to prove he is worth a much bigger contract in free agency next offseason.

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.

"Dez has been a really good player in this league for a long time and there's certainly a skillset he has that is going to be beneficial", Brees said.

By moving Bryant from the X-receiver position - the receiver who lines up on the line of scrimmage - the Saints will prevent teams from pressing him.

Dez Bryant is officially an ex-Cowboy. Dallas runs one of the league's more static offenses.

Bryant's former teammates on the Cowboys wished him the best in his new gig Wednesday.

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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. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns during his tenure, including 838 yards and six touchdowns last season. If Bryant, also 30, has any amount of juice left we should see a similar spike in New Orleans. Armstead gets his money sooner, and the Saints get Bryant.

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 has proven no fewer than three times this year that the team is in win-now mode as Brees nears 40.

The Saints are winning here, too.

Cameron Meredith hasn't been targeted in three straight games, and rookie Tre-Quan Smith has 12 catches on the season despite appearing in eight games with four starts.

He still must learn one of the league's most complex offenses, but with so many playmakers around him, all the Saints should require on a weekly basis the rest of the season is for Bryant to be able to beat either a team's second or third cornerback. We have yet to mention Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram or the league's best offensive line, which now resides in New Orleans.

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