Free Agency-Saints Capsule
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (14-4)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Mark Ingram, LB Manti Te'o, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, S Chris Banjo, WR Dez Bryant, OL Jermon Bushrod, DT Jay Bromley, OT Michael Ola, G...
Saints’ Tre’Quan Smith returns, Tyron Smith out for Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — New Orleans Saints receiver Tre'Quan Smith is active against Dallas on Thursday night after missing a game with a toe injury, and Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith will miss his second straight game with a neck issue.
Oklahoma State, Oregon to play in 2025, 2026
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State and Oregon have agreed to a home-and-home football series with games to be played in 2025 and 2026.
Oklahoma State made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.
Oklahoma State will visit Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, on September 6, 2025. The Ducks will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on September 12, 2026.
Cowboys rookie Gallup away from team after brother’s suicide
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Michael Gallup is away from the team after being told following a victory in Atlanta that his brother had died by suicide.
Coach Jason Garrett said on his radio show Monday that Gallup received the news after the Cowboys' 22-19 victory over the Falcons. Gallup didn't return to Dallas with the team, instead staying in Georgia with his family. His status for Thursday's game against Washington is unknown.
With Saints, Marshall plans to rediscover “greatness.”
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Brandon Marshall takes nothing for granted when discussing his opportunity to join the Saints' seemingly inevitable march to the postseason.
"Let's not jump ahead. I've got a lot of learning to do and a lot of catching up," Marshall said after his first practice with New Orleans on Wednesday. "I've been at the top and I'm on the bottom right now."
Saints place Bryant on injured reserve, promote Kirkwood
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dez Bryant's season is over before it had even begun.
The New Orleans Saints placed the newly acquired Bryant on injured reserve Saturday, promoting receiver Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad to the active roster before Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
Saints’ Dez Bryant hurt, calls injury the ‘ultimate test’
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant's tenure with the Saints may have been short-lived.
In just his second practice with New Orleans, the newly acquired wide receiver indicated in social media posts Friday that he has had a significant setback.
The team's injury report listed Bryant as questionable for Sunday's game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury, but a person familiar with the situation said the team is still awaiting the results of a doctor's examination of Bryant.
Bryant practices with Saints, asserts he’s ‘not a bad guy.’
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant wasn't about to declare himself a changed man just because he'd changed teams.
At age 30, the ninth-year NFL veteran receiver said he is comfortable with who he always has been and hopes he'll fit in with the New Orleans Saints, a team on a seven-game winning streak that looks like it's all-in to contend for a Super Bowl this season.
Saints sign ex-Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to join the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints.
The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes from one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history in New Orleans' Drew Brees.
It’s on Prescott, Cooper to make all-in move by Cowboys work
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott won't know if he has a new No. 1 receiver with the Dallas Cowboys until the quarterback gets a chance to see how quickly Amari Cooper can be assimilated into the offense.
Cowboys get Amari Cooper from Raiders for 1st-round pick
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys made a bold move for the present Monday, trading a first-round pick for Oakland receiver Amari Cooper in Raiders coach Jon Gruden's latest play for the future.
The Cowboys gave up their top pick in the next draft in hopes of giving quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon just a few months after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.
Beasley shows worth, Cowboys need more of same in pass game
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Beasley doesn't really hide his frustration over the perception that Dallas receivers are floundering as they try to replace Dez Bryant and retired franchise catch leader Jason Witten.
Dink and dunk isn’t cutting it with Cowboys’ passing game
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott has the fewest throws of at least 15 yards down the field among quarterbacks who have played all three games this season.
It isn't really news to the leader of the Dallas Cowboys.
Cowboys’ spotty passing attack holds key for Elliott’s space
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott heard the assessment from New York Giants safety Landon Collins on how to beat his Dallas Cowboys.
Stop running back Ezekiel Elliott, put the ball in Prescott's hands and "I think we'll have a better shot at winning," Collins said a few days after the Carolina Panthers illustrated as much in the opener.
"Challenge accepted," the Dallas quarterback said. "Challenge accepted."
Garrett stays course for Cowboys as Prescott’s slump deepens
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott's difficulties in the passing game go back further than a loss in the opener at Carolina for the Dallas Cowboys.
Now that the slump has extended into a new season, coach Jason Garrett and his staff must weigh the factors and when or whether to make changes to try to fix them.
Six sacks of Prescott and little running room early for star back Ezekiel Elliott magnified two significant questions on the offensive line.
Dez Bryant trolls Cowboys on Twitter after loss to Panthers
Dez Bryant's Twitter troll game is in All-Pro form.
The free-agent wide receiver called out his former team with a series of critical tweets aimed at the Dallas Cowboys after they dropped their season opener.
Bryant was released in April after eight seasons with the team and remains unsigned. He has received interest from Cleveland and Baltimore, but his thoughts were with the Cowboys during — and after — their 16-8 season-opening loss at Carolina.
Prescott, Newton face similar challenges entering opener
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dak Prescott and Cam Newton find themselves in similar situations entering Sunday's regular-season opener at Carolina.
Both quarterbacks are adjusting to a new group of receivers and playing behind banged-up offensive lines.
- The Washington TimesMark Ingram mimics Dez Bryant touchdown celebration for new Saints teammateNovember 11, 2018
- The Washington TimesDez Bryant 'received interest' from Redskins, new report saysNovember 11, 2018
- Norfolk Daily News'X' marks the spot: Saints reportedly sign WR Dez BryantNovember 9, 2018
- The SunBryant Joins Powerful SaintsNovember 8, 2018
- The Washington TimesDez Bryant signs with the SaintsNovember 7, 2018
New helmet-hits rule causing concern heading into season
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's revision of the catch rule figured to grab the spotlight this season.
Then the league altered the regulations on using the helmet when making contact on both sides of the ball, basically making it a 15-yard penalty no matter where on the helmet strikes an opponent. Even players on offense and linemen in the trenches are subject to being flagged, with potential fines and ejections for particularly flagrant hits by lowering the helmet.
Prescott, Elliott lead revamped Cowboys in playoff pursuit
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott dealt with the uncertainty of running back Ezekiel Elliott's looming six-game suspension last year when the Dallas Cowboys slid from an NFC-best 13 wins to out of the playoffs.
Now the star quarterback faces the unknown of a revamped and largely unproven group of receivers after the departures of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.
Cowboys Preview Capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)
New faces: LB Leighton Vander Esch, G Connor Williams, WR Allen Hurns, WR/KR Tavon Austin, WR Michael Gallup, LB Joe Thomas, DT Jihad Ward, T Cameron Fleming, TE Dalton Schultz, WR Deonte Thompson.
Key losses: TE Jason Witten, WR Dez Bryant, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Orlando Scandrick, WR Brice Butler, WR/KR Ryan Switzer, TE James Hanna, RB Alfred Morris.
AP source: Browns, Dez Bryant still talking but no deal
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern.
The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but "conversations continue" between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.
Browns, Bryant meet as sides try to see if there’s a future
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are still in the courtship phase. Their future together is uncertain.
The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his agent, Kim Maile, met with team officials at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday. The sides got to know each other better, and they are expected to meet again Friday to discuss a potential contract for Bryant with Cleveland.
Free agent Dez Bryant to visit receiver-thin Browns
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Dez Bryant's going to meet with the Browns. Depending on how things go, he could stay awhile.
The free agent wide receiver has scheduled a visit with Cleveland on Thursday, and the anticipated stopover could lead to the three-time Pro Bowler signing with a team craving more playmakers.
Browns’ Landry would love to have Dez Bryant join him
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jarvis Landry is friends with Dez Bryant. He'd like to be teammates.
With the Browns in the market for another playmaker because of Josh Gordon's absence and uncertainty, Landry said Monday that he hopes Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowler wide receiver in Dallas, joins him in Cleveland.
"If he wants to be here then obviously we're open arms and we'd love to have him," Landry said. "He'd be a great addition to our team and our offense — for sure."
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Allen Hurns isn't sure when, or even if, more specific roles will be settled for Dallas Cowboys receivers in the first season without Dez Bryant.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said it's more "when" than "if."
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Sean Lee responded with strong words to criticism from former teammate Dez Bryant.
Tyrone Crawford felt compelled to tell the team these Dallas Cowboys won't be in the business of dramas such as Bryant's Twitter-fed rant early in training camp over who he felt was responsible for his offseason release.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee fired back at free agent receiver Dez Bryant on Friday after his former teammate called him a "snake" on Twitter while suggesting Lee played a role in the club's decision to release its career leader in touchdown catches.
The exchange was prompted by a radio station's tweet from an interview with executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones. He suggested that quarterback Dak Prescott felt pressure to get the ball to Bryant.
Browns remain interested in Dez Bryant, Pacman Jones
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns remain interested in former Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant while managing without Josh Gordon.
Bryant emerged as a possible backup plan for Cleveland after Gordon stepped away from the team to receive treatment to address his health associated with a recovery from drug addiction. The Browns don't know when Gordon will be back, and in the interim they have discussed signing the temperamental Bryant, who spent eight sometimes combustible seasons with the Cowboys.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — While Josh Gordon's away, the Browns may launch Plan B with their wide receivers.
Dez Bryant is on their radar.
As they await clarity on Gordon's cloudy situation, Cleveland general manager John Dorsey said Wednesday the team has discussed signing Bryant, the former Dallas star released by the Cowboys in April.
Cowboys Training Camp Capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Oxnard, California
LAST YEAR: Cowboys missed playoffs year after dynamic rookie tandem of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott fueled Dallas to NFC-best 13 wins. Elliott's six-game suspension during season over domestic violence allegations was big reason. Prescott's performance dipped after winning NFL Offensive Rookie of Year in 2016. Offensive line was less consistent than usual. Defense was solid but not spectacular.
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn't see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they've already been calling catches the new way.
If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer reviews of their rulings.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Cole Beasley doesn't need a lot of prodding to bring up how much he thinks outsiders will overlook Dallas receivers now that the Cowboys have moved on from Dez Bryant.
The new dean of the group sees opportunity rather than uncertainty at a position that lacks a big name, and the history of big production that usually goes with it.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott doesn't pretend that vocal leadership comes naturally for him.
The Dallas Cowboys running back is going to try anyway now that fellow stars Jason Witten and Dez Bryant are gone, and now that his focus is solely on football following a tumultuous second year in the NFL.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Less than two years removed from spectacular rookie seasons that transformed the Dallas offense, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott are even more in control of the future of the Cowboys.
The team must move on without Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.
Witten retired earlier this month to join ESPN's "Monday Night Football" following 15 seasons as the Cowboys tight end.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys kept talking up the receivers they already had going into the NFL draft after dumping Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.
They ended up having to tout their tight ends as well when ESPN reported on the draft's second day that Jason Witten was planning to retire after 15 seasons to join the "Monday Night Football" crew as lead analyst.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys drafted a receiver after dumping Dez Bryant. Now the question is whether they will take a tight end with Jason Witten considering retirement after 15 seasons to go into broadcasting.
Dallas goes into the final day of the draft Saturday with seven picks over the four rounds, starting with two fourth-round choices at Nos. 116 and 137 overall. The Cowboys have one pick in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Cowboys draft Texas T Connor Williams WR Michael Gallup
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys didn't do anything about the possible departure of Jason Witten on the second day of the NFL draft. They did add a possible replacement for Dez Bryant.
FRISCO — The Dallas Cowboys decided linebacker was a bigger priority than receiver even after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys took Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State with the 19th pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are feeling more confident that they might have replaced Dez Bryant in free agency, so another day of the NFL draft could come and go without them taking a receiver.
After picking linebacker Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State at No. 19 in the first round, the Cowboys have the 50th overall pick in the second round and the No. 81 overall selection in the third round Friday night.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys decided linebacker was a bigger priority than receiver even after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys took Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State with the 19th pick in the first round of the draft Thursday night. He walked the stage at his new home field in nearby Arlington, where Dallas was hosting the first draft in an NFL stadium.
"It made me speechless," Vander Esch said. "It's the craziest moment of my life so far."
Frisco, Texas — Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant remains unemployed almost two weeks after being released and it will likely stay that way until after this weekend's NFL draft in Arlington at least.
But it's by choice, not because of a lack of interest.
NFL Draft 2018: OU and OSU combined for six first-round picks in 2010. Could it make a run at that number this year?
The state of Oklahoma could have a busy opening night at the 2018 NFL draft.
Several mock drafts label Oklahoma and Oklahoma State players as potential first-round draft picks during the three-day event, which begins April 26 in Arlington, Texas.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who announced Sunday he will enter the NFL Draft, signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports on Wednesday.
Roc Nation Sports represents athletes Dez Bryant, Todd Gurley, Kevin Durant, among others.
Barkley, a likely top-five pick, closed his career in Saturday's Fiesta Bowl with 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns, one on a school record-tying 92-yard run, and seven receptions for 38 yards.
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Cowboys’ Bryant opens up on struggles, nixes idea of pay cut
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dez Bryant didn't seem sure how to respond when asked if he would be willing to take a pay cut after perhaps the most difficult season of the Dallas receiver's career.
Once the 2014 All-Pro came to his senses, he was emphatic.
"Hell no, man," Bryant said Wednesday, three days after the Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to Seattle. "I believe in me."
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Dallas Cowboys not moving on from Dez Bryant, but he’s not a No. 1
The Dallas Cowboys are not planning on cutting bait with wide receiver Dez Bryant, we’re told. But that doesn’t mean they’re not concerned about his recent performance and what the future holds.
NFL Overreactions: Dak Prescott was a one-year wonder
Dak Prescott was a one-year wonder.
Prescott has followed up a sensational rookie season with a so-so sophomore year. He was shaky during Ezekiel Elliott's suspension and struggled in a must-win game against Seattle on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant finally talks: ‘I can’t think of me right now. We got to keep on winning’
OAKLAND - At some point in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys’ 20-17 win against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, a teammate let him know who was the head referee in the game.
So Bryant knew it was the infamous Gene Steratore.
And when asked about Steratore’s final ruling of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr fumbling the ball through the end zone to preserve the win, Bryant melded the past with the present.