Saints sign WR Bryant, place Meredith on IR

Projecting Dez Bryant’s surprising fantasy value in New Orleans

Don't expect that Dez Bryant "X" just yet.

At age 30, the ninth-year National Football League veteran receiver said he is comfortable with who he always has been and hopes he'll fit in with the New Orleans Saints, a team on a seven-game winning streak that looks like it's all-in to contend for a Super Bowl this season.

Bryant acknowledged a setback in a tweet Friday afternoon, writing, "This is the ultimate test".

Bryant was originally planning to make his Saints debut in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it's up in the air whether he will play at all this season. Tyler Boyd has numbers almost identical to Green as he's already set career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns, but after that the drop off is steep with the other five receivers on the.

And any doubts about Bryant fitting into the locker room were addressed as well.

Dez Bryant: I'm going to always be me. I've always been a good guy, you can ask my teammates. He led the National Football League with 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014.

Asked what made this situation different, Bryant pointed first to the opportunity to play with "big GOAT" Drew Brees and "baby GOATs" Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara. It's like family. Every locker room that I've been in from middle school, high school, college to the pros, it's always been like a family. "I'm not a bad guy". According to, Bryant's deal will pay him a prorated base salary of $600,000 for the remainder of the season with an additional $500,000 in incentives possible.



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