Dez Bryant will have to wait at least another week to make his Saints debut after signing with New Orleans on Wednesday.
According to NFL Network, Bryant is expected to sit out Sunday’s game against the Bengals. The report notes the Saints want him to lose at least five pounds, get back into football shape, have more practice time to learn the offense and build chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees.
New #Saints WR Dez Bryant is expected to sit out Sunday‘s game vs. #Bengals. They want him to drop weight and he needs more than two practices to learn the offense, build chemistry, etc. Debut could come the following week vs. the #Eagles. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/NisbE8tmZU
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 9, 2018
The 30-year-old wide receiver’s first game with the Saints is more likely to happen the following week against the Eagles or in Week 12 when the team faces the Falcons.
Bryant joined the Saints after spending seven months as a free agent following his release from the Cowboys in April. He signed a one-year deal that will pay him a prorated base salary of $600,000 for the remainder of the season with an additional $500,000 in incentives possible, according to ESPN.com.
Bryant, 30, had 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season. He led the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014.
He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns through eight seasons with the Cowboys.