NFL notes: Dez Bryant agrees to a contract with the Saints; Falcons sign Bruce Irvin

A person familiar with the situation said Wednesday that free-agent Dez Bryant and the New Orleans Saints have agreed on contract terms that will add the former Dallas Cowboys star to one of the NFL’s top offenses.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the roster move has not been announced.

The 30-year-old Bryant spent his first eight years in the NFL with Dallas and last season caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys.

However, his professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices.


Seeking salary-cap relief, the Cowboys released Bryant after last season with two years remaining on the receiver’s five-year, $70-million contract.

Dez Bryant spent his first eight years in the NFL with Dallas.
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Falcons sign veteran defensive end Irvin

The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive end Bruce Irvin to a one-year deal announced Wednesday, reuniting the veteran with coach Dan Quinn.


Irvin, cut by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, became a free agent after clearing waivers on Tuesday with $3.8 million remaining on his contract. The Falcons did not release terms of the deal.

Irvin, 31, is an Atlanta native. He celebrated his return home by posting on his Twitter account “Man it’s time! You can’t put a price on the chance for me to play for my people and city! It’s bigger than money!”

Irvin played two seasons with Seattle when Quinn was the team’s defensive coordinator.

The Falcons rank 27th in the league with 17 sacks. Takk McKinley has a team-leading 5 1/2 sacks, but Vic Beasley has only one. Beasley led the league with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016.


For his career, Irvin has 40 sacks and 15 forced fumbles.