Dez Bryant took a methodical approach to free agency since being released by the Dallas Cowboys in April.
Turns out the opportunity to play with a future Hall of Famer on a team full of offensive playmakers had plenty to do with Bryant electing to sign a one-year deal.
Sure, Byrant produced 531 career catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in eight seasons in Dallas, but he was counted on heavily as one of the primary focal points in the passing attack.
Additionally, Tony Romo and Dak Prescott are highly capable signal-callers. But they won't be compared any time soon to Brees, who is the league's all-time career passing and completion leader, among other notable NFL records.
In New Orleans, Bryant won't be required to do the heavy lifting in the passing game, and that provides less pressure for a player just arriving to the team to produce immediately.
"It was kind of like first day of school," Bryant told NFL Network's Jane Slater. "Having that sit-down with coach Payton got me excited. The guys here got me excited. These guys out here they love ball. They're fun to talk to. It's cool."
Whether Bryant plays Sunday remains to be seen, as head coach Sean Payton said Thursday morning that he wanted to evaluate the wide receiver's progress in practice before making a decision.
Bryant echoed Payton, and didn't tip his hand if he would suit up and play.
"We're going to keep that closed right now," Bryant said. "We just still working. We're going to see what happens."