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Dez Bryant

Clueless Charley Casserly thinks Dez Bryant played for Cowboys last season

Charley Casserly

Charley Casserly has been spending a lot of time talking NFL with Stephen A. Smith lately.

Casserly, an analyst at NFL Network, embarrassed himself on Monday while discussing Cole Beasley’s free agency status. He said the Cowboys didn’t utilize Beasley enough because they were throwing the ball to Dez Bryant too much last season.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Bryant of course was released by the Cowboys last year and declined to sign with interested teams until midway through the year. He eventually signed with the Saints but tore his Achilles’ tendon in his first week with the team and didn’t end up playing in any games.

Casserly has put a target on himself ever since making highly-publicized comments about Kyler Murray’s supposed negative combine performance. You would think he would be on top of his game ever since making that comment, but saying things like this hurts his credibility. Maybe he and Stephen A. should team up for a football show.

Dez Bryant looking forward to getting Saints Super Bowl ring

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant did not play in an NFL game this season, so it’s easy to forget that he actually is part of a team. And he is holding strong allegiances to them.

Bryant was tweeting on Sunday about the New Orleans Saints’ playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He kept talking about the Super Bowl ring he would get when they win it all.

After being released by the Dallas Cowboys last offseason, Dez went several months unsigned despite having offers. He finally chose to sign with the Saints in November, but then he tore his Achilles’ tendon two days after signing.

Even though he was briefly part of the team, Bryant received love from their players and clearly still feels strong about them. He’s hoping they’ll bring him his first Super Bowl ring.

Dez Bryant says Jay-Z inspired him to sign with Saints

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant’s inspiration to finally sign with an NFL team this season came from an unlikely source.

Bryant was cut by the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason and spent some time flirting with teams and entertaining offers. He never signed before the season, and sat out for most of the year until finally signing with the New Orleans Saints in early November.

Bryant went on the radio for an interview with 105.3 The Fan’s Ben and Skin Thursday and said he was ignoring messages from his agent about interested teams. It took rapper Jay-Z reaching out to inspire him to make a move.

“Get your a– down to New Orleans,” Jay-Z texted Bryant, which inspired him to go work out for the Saints.

Bryant suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon two days after signing with the Saints, which ended his season before it really got started. The injury is expected to keep Bryant out eight months and could be devastating to his career given his age (30). He might need another pep talk from Jay-Z to be motivated for next season.

Dez Bryant shouts out Saints players for paying tribute to him after TDs

Dez Bryant never got to play a game with the New Orleans Saints this season after he suffered a torn Achilles in his first practice with the team, but his new teammates clearly have a great deal of respect for him.

On Sunday, two Saints players — running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara — paid tribute to Bryant after scoring touchdowns by doing Dez’s patented “throw up the X” celebration.

Bryant took note of the celebrations and expressed his gratitude on Twitter during the game:

Bryant’s injury has the potential to be a career-ender given his age and situation, but he made it clear this week that he is not going to let it get him down. Watching teammates he never actually got a chance to play alongside show that kind of support for him had to feel pretty good.

Dez Bryant reacts to potential torn Achilles

Dez Bryant

New Orleans Saints receiver Dez Bryant is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles on Friday, and he’s reacting to the news.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter clarified that Bryant’s MRI is largely considered a formality, and he’ll be sidelined for eight months, with a chance of returning for training camp. That means he won’t get to play for the Saints this season after signing with them two days ago.

Bryant’s reaction was muted, referring to the injury as “the ultimate test.”

Bryant suffered the injury at practice, a brutal blow for him. Players have come back from this sort of injury before, but it’s a fair question whether Bryant will ever be the same.

Saints reportedly fear Dez Bryant suffered torn Achilles

Dez Bryant

The New Orleans Saints and wide receiver Dez Bryant may have experienced one of the unluckiest injuries of the season.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Bryant was injured at practice on Friday and had to be helped off the field. The Saints fear that Bryant tore his Achilles, which would end his season before it even has the chance to begin.

This comes only two days after Bryant signed a one-year deal with the Saints. He had just gotten into practice with the aim of getting into game shape, even if Week 10 was going to come too quickly for him to play in. Now, he may not get the chance to play for New Orleans at all.

Details of Dez Bryant’s contract with Saints emerge

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints that runs through the remainder of the 2018 season, and it is clearly not just about the money for the star wide receiver.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared some details of Bryant’s contract on Thursday, and he will earn the pro-rated amount of a base salary of $1.25 million, which amounts to $600K for the remainder of the season. He can also earn up to $500K in incentives, bringing the total possible value of the deal to just over $1 million.

Bryant is clearly betting on himself and hoping he can prove he is still worthy of a significant free agent deal this offseason. Schefter also said this week that playing for a contender was important to Bryant, but it’s fair to wonder if he overplayed his hand last summer.

Bryant had the opportunity to sign a multi-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens well before the 2018 season began, and he turned it down in search of a one-year “prove it” contract. He has lashed out at those who say he mishandled the situation, but it will be hard to argue that his risk paid off if he does not play a big role in New Orleans down the stretch.

Dez Bryant unlikely to play for Saints in Week 10

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant is expected to officially sign his contract with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, which doesn’t leave him much time to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In all likelihood, fans will have to wait another week to see the star wide receiver with his new team.

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Media notes, Bryant has not been practicing with the Saints this week and has yet to learn the playbook.

Considering he has not played in an NFL game in nearly a year, you would have to assume Bryant will be held out on Sunday. Even if he’s in tremendous shape, expecting a player to participate and know where he’s supposed to be on the field after spending just a few days with a team seems like a tall task.

Dez Bryant agrees to one-year deal with Saints

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has finally found a new place to play, and it is with one of the best offenses in the NFL.

Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network reported on Wednesday that Bryant will sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints already have an explosive offense, with Drew Brees having an outstanding season at age 39 and Michael Thomas putting up Pro Bowl numbers as his top wide receiver. They also have one of the best play-making running backs in the NFL in Alvin Kamara.

It will be interesting to see how in shape Bryant is, as he has not played in a meaningful NFL game in several months. With a situation like the one in New Orleans, he won’t be expected to carry a huge load or contribute immediately. If he picks up the offense and still has enough left in the tank physically, he could see plenty of one-on-one coverage and have chances to make plays down the stretch.

Bryant negotiated with at least one other NFL team after the start of the season, but nothing ever came of that. He likely thought he would have had more offers by now.

Dez Bryant, Saints reportedly negotiating contract

Dez Bryant

The New Orleans Saints are reportedly in negotiations to add another weapon for Drew Brees to utilize.

New Orleans brought in three receivers for a workout on Tuesday. Among them was Dez Bryant. While the former Pro Bowler departed without a contract, the two sides are reportedly in negotiations on a deal.

Bryant was released by the Cowboys during the offseason and has yet to find a new team. He also negotiated with the Cleveland Browns but ultimately could not reach an agreement.

The Saints already boast an explosive offense, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. Adding Bryant, who caught 69 passes for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns last season, would give Brees another target to go along with Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.