With Dez Bryant still unsigned after being released by the Dallas Cowboys before the start of this season, the free-agent’s luck may soon be changing.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the first-place New Orleans Saints are bringing in Bryant for a workout.
Despite an impressive 7-1 start in 2018, the team is receiver-thin, and will also workout Brandon Marshall and Kamar Aiken along with Bryant.
Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury last month. And newly signed restricted free agent Cameron Meredith has not panned out as hoped so far, with zero targets over the past three games.
That leaves just Thomas and rookie third-round draft pick Tre’Quan Smith as the only healthy receivers with double-digit receptions this year (Smith has 12 for 214 yards and three TDs). Running back Alvin Kamara (51 catches) and tight end Benjamin Watson (26 catches) rank second and third on the Saints.
Bryant, 30, has remained on the open market since he was released by Dallas in April, when he was due to receive $12.5 million. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was among the NFL’s best in his prime. He recorded three straight seasons of at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014, and he earned Pro Bowl invites in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
But his production had been slipping in recent years as he battled foot and knee injuries — and the Cowboys were ultimately ready to move on from what executive vice president Stephen Jones described as a “fiery” personality that could sometimes be a “distraction.”
Bryant had just 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season in 16 games played.