The New Orleans Saints were already one of the favorites in the NFC to make the Super Bowl according to Vegas and now they add another weapon for Drew Brees and this prolific offense.
The New Orleans Saints don’t have a second WR
It is incredible to think what the Saints have been able to accomplish with very little production from the wide receiver position other than Michael Thomas, who to be fair is one of the best in the league.
Dez Bryant is clearly past his prime when he was a perennial Pro Bowler however he isn’t that far removed from those years either. There’s also the upgrade at quarterback and coach which should be very exciting for Bryant.
Sean Payton is one of the best offensive minds ever to coach in the NFL and Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks ever. Without taking shots at his former team, its fair to say they will be able to utilize him in ways he hasn’t seen before.
A lot to prove
The way things ended in Dallas could be described as abrupt and ugly. The Dallas Cowboys decided to part ways with Bryant because of how much they owed, how little he was producing recently compared to his salary and his loud personality.
At this point in his career, Dez Bryant is not much different than a rookie. He is signing for much less than he is used to making (the financial details of his contract have not been released but it is for 1 year) and in essence is trying to prove himself.
In terms of his presence in the locker room, it has to be assumed that Bryant knows that he doesn’t have the stature to act the way he did in Dallas. Not being picked up by anyone for half the season is a humbling experience.
Also he is now playing with Super Bowl winners.
Dez Bryant has 1 playoff victory in his career. If he can make this situation work, not only is he putting himself in position to finally have playoff success, he might also get a nice payday in free agency next year.
The New Orleans Saints Are Super Bowl or bust
The move for Dez Bryant is not the reason the Saints are a Super Bowl or bust team.
This all started in the offseason when they traded draft picks to move up and take Marcus Davenport. Then they trade more picks to get Eli Apple from the Giants.
Those two moves are made by a team not worried about the future. They want proven guys to come play for them now and they are willing to risk high draft picks to get them.
All of that points to a win now mentality.
That and one other important fact.
Drew Brees is 39 years old.
How long can he really keep up this level of productivity? Even assuming he goes down a notch, that’s still better than most quarterbacks in the NFL. So that’s this year and next year. After that what are you really expecting from a 41-year-old quarterback.
Not everyone is Tom Brady but that’s ok. Brees has already proven he can win a SuperBowl and Sean Payton is betting the Saints immediate future that he can do it again.
Seems like a very strong bet.