Nov 4, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


Drew Brees says Dez Bryant will "bring the juice" to Saints offense

The Saints QB reacts to the high-profile signing

Seth Dunlap
November 08, 2018 - 12:04 am

The New Orleans Saints are fresh off a statement win over the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams, and the team continued to make headlines on Wednesday by signing polarizing star wide-out Dez Bryant to help bolster the team's receiving corps.

Bryant, a free agent who hadn't played this season, has apparently been a target of the Saints for months now.  Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that the team has been talking with the former Cowboys receiver since July. 

"I know we've been talking about this, actually, since training camp," Brees explained during his weekly radio interview with Bobby Hebert on WWL Radio.  "He's a guy who's been a good player for a long time, and it's kind of surprising with his departure from Dallas.  I think he was sitting around waiting for the right opportunity.  Obviously, he's a guy who's a playmaker and can bring the juice."

Any "juice" that Bryant brings on the field will add to an already talented receiving corps for the Saints that includes Michael Thomas, Cameron Meredith, Austin Carr and rookie Tre'Quan Smith.   The team lost a bit of production out of the group when Ted Ginn Jr. suffered a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve earlier this season.  The Saints will look to Bryant to add consistent production opposite of Thomas.

Brees also confirmed he took part in the decision to bring Bryant in, noting that New Orleans has become a prime destination for free agents across the league.

"Sean (Payton) obviously has a good bead on everything that's going on around the league.   You can only imagine how many guys reach out and want to come to the Saints," Brees said while describing the process behind brining Bryant in.  "Just knowing Dez was out there looking for the right situation, looking for the right team.   Conversations like that are had all the time, you know, considering who to bring in for free agency and that kind of thing."

While there's little doubt that the 30 year old receiver adds more talent to the Saints on the field, there has been a lot of discussion by analysts across the country about Bryant being a possible distraction, or bad locker room influence, off the field.  Brees said that he doesn't expect that will be an issue in New Orleans, pointing out the people he's spoken with across the league have vouched for Bryant's character.

"I'm excited to work with him.  I've heard a lot of good things about him from his teammates, and I'd say that's the most important reccomendation as far as I'm concerned.  I'm not worried about anything else other than guys I know and respect around the league that have played with him and what they say about him.  They say he's a great competitor -- loves the game, loves to work.  So, I'm excited to work with him."

Bryant will be among the most accomplished receivers that Brees will have thrown to while in a Saints uniform.   He has 531 receptions and 73 touchdowns during hs eight seasons in the league.  He's also a three-time Pro Bowler and was an All-Pro in 2014.   

It's unclear if the newest Saint will suit up on Sunday against the Bengals in Cincinatti, but it's clear the team's future Hall of Fame quarterback is excited to have him.

Listen to Brees' full interview in the podcast below, or by clicking here.

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