Meet the newest member of the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Dez Bryant.
"X" now marks the spot in New Orleans.
Dez Bryant, who became one of the leading receivers in Dallas Cowboys history during eight seasons with the storied franchise, agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, following a workout with the NFC South Division leaders.
The acquisition is the latest maneuver by the Saints signifying how aggressive the franchise will continue to be with regard to viewing this season as a potential Super Bowl season. New Orleans (7-1) hasn't lost since the season opener, has three consecutive victories over teams that were leading their respective divisions at the time (Baltimore, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Rams) and by virtue of the Rams victory, would own the tiebreak over the NFC West Division leaders if they finish with identical records.
On Oct. 23, in an effort to bolster the secondary, New Orleans traded for Giants cornerback Eli Apple and had him in the starting lineup, at left cornerback, five days later against the Vikings. Add to that the offseason signing of linebacker Demario Davis, and the Saints aggressively have attempted to upgrade areas deemed deficient.
Bryant, whose signature celebration is to form an "X" with his forearms – Bryant said it signifies that he's X-ing out "all of the bad, all of the negativity that ever approached me" – joins a Saints receiving corps that features Michael Thomas, but hasn't seen much production from receivers other than Thomas.
Thomas leads the Saints with 70 catches for 880 yards and five touchdowns, and ranks second and fourth, respectively, in the NFL in receptions and receiving yards. He has accounted for 33 percent of Drew Brees' 213 completions and 38 percent of Brees' 2,336 passing yards.
However, the Saints' remaining receivers have combined for 38 catches, 525 yards and six touchdowns. Beyond Thomas, the receivers with the most receptions are Ted Ginn Jr. and Tre'Quan Smith, with 12 each. The second- and third-most receptions among Saints players this season belong to running back Alvin Kamara (51) and tight end Benjamin Watson (26).
Bryant adds a productive veteran to the receiver room; he had 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns last year. He has been out of football this season, waiting to sign while working to get healthy, but in his career, he has 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. Those numbers place him first in receiving touchdowns, third in receptions and fifth in receiving yards in Cowboys history.
The 30-year-old Bryant, whose birthday was Nov. 4, is a former All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler.