Dez Bryant's gamble pays off: Reportedly signs with Super Bowl-contending Saints

Earlier this year, Dez Bryant turned down a three-year, $21 million contract offer from the Baltimore Ravens, and insisted he didn’t regret it.

Bryant wanted a one-year deal, a prove-it type of pact that would let him show the league that he still has plenty left and allow him to become a free agent again in 2019.

Some might question the approach, but given that Baltimore is currently struggling and it seems clear John Harbaugh is coaching for his job, maybe it was a sound decision.

Given where Bryant has ended up, it seems like it was.

Bryant and Saints complete deal

Via multiple reports, Bryant and the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal that lands the three-time Pro Bowler in New Orleans for the rest of the season.

Bryant seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter, writing “#ThrowuptheX”, his way of celebrating touchdowns, with a tweet of the news from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Bryant will officially sign his contract on Thursday, when he returns to New Orleans.

New Orleans is among Super Bowl favorites

While Dallas, the team that released him earlier this year, is struggling, and the Ravens could be headed for another playoff-less season as well, New Orleans is trending upward.

Las Vegas has the Saints among the favorites for Super Bowl LIII, and while they’re currently second in the NFC overall, should they and the Los Angeles Rams finish with the same record, the Saints would have the upper hand in the seedings after their thrilling win over the Rams on Sunday.

Bryant went to the playoffs just twice over the first eight years of his career, all with the Cowboys, and with New Orleans at 7-1, he’s in good position to get there again.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warming up before action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on December 31, 2017. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 8: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a touchdown pass against E.J. Biggers #38 of the Philadelphia Eagles as teammate Terrance Williams #83 looks on in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant (L) stretches for the first down after making the reception as he is pulled down by Texas cornerback Deon Beasley in the first half of their NCAA Big 12 football game in Austin, Texas October 25, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, chats to Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys during the warm up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OXNARD, CA - AUGUST 14: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 signs autographs for fans during Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at the Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge on August 14, 2010 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his touchdown catch against the Houston Texans in the second half at AT&T Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 11: Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys stiff-arms Castine Bridges #21 of the Missouri Tigers on October 11, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warms up before a game against the Oakland Raiders on December 17, 2017 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 10: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the field prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on December 10, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant, right, walks with reporters to the locker room following the Cowboys training camp at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, July 31, 2010. (Photo by Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a touchdown reception against Bashaud Breeland #26 of the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter of a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball and scores a touchdown against Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 1: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys hauls in a practice pass before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 1, 2007 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Bulldogs beat the Cowboys 35-14. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys misses a one handed catch in the fourth quarter of the game agains the Minnesota Vikings on December 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys scores on a five yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo #9 during the second quarter ofd the game at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, right, signs an autograph for Cooper Wilson, 9, of Frisco, Texas, during Cowboys Mini Camp practice at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, June 12, 2010. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) cuts through the defense after receiving the ball as the Cowboys hold a practice session at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday June 2, 2010. (Photo by Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Wide Receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys jumps up to catch the ball as Free Safety T.J. Ward #2 of the University of Oregon Ducks breaks up the pass during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) is all smiles before playing the San Diego Chargers in their pre-season NFL football game in San Diego, California August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant (R) runs with the ball after the reception as St. Louis Rams' safety Craig Dahl (L) and cornerback Al Harris try to make the tackle in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
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Saints needed receiver depth

New Orleans coach Sean Payton acknowledged to reporters on Wednesday that the team had worked out some receivers on Tuesday, including Bryant, but said it wasn’t an indictment on the team’s other receivers.

However, the Saints needed a No. 2 wideout. Michael Thomas has been outstanding, with 70 catches through eight games, but the Saints’ next leading pass-catcher is running back Alvin Kamara, with 51, and 37-year-old tight end Ben Watson has 26.

Ted Ginn was placed on injured reserve last month with a knee injury, though he is a candidate to return before the postseason.

So enter Bryant, who gets to play with one of the game’s best quarterbacks in Drew Brees, with one of the league’s most creative coaches in Payton, and on an explosive, high-performing team. And he apparently took less money for the perfect situation.

It seems unlikely Bryant will play on Sunday as the Saints play in Cincinnati, but on Nov. 18 they host the Eagles. And on Nov. 29, New Orleans plays at Dallas.

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