Veteran WR Bryant agrees to deal with Saints

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to contract teams with the New Orleans Saints.

The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent, will join one of the NFL's top offenses in New Orleans. A person familiar with the decision confirmed the move on Wednesday, speaking 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.

Last season was Bryant's best since he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 TDs in 2014, which at the time was his third consecutive season with at least 1,200 yards receiving. He signed his last contract right after that but has not approached that level of production since - a central reason Dallas released him in April.

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam will count on John Dorsey's keen eye for talent to find a coach.

Cleveland's general manager since December, Dorsey will head the team's search for a coach to replace Hue Jackson, who was finally fired last month after winning just three of 40 games over two-plus seasons.

It was assumed Dorsey would lead the pursuit for Jackson's successor, and vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste confirmed that Wednesday night to dispel speculation the Haslams were going to handle the duties themselves.

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow has earned a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback hit .273 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 84 games this year for Double-A Binghamton. His season was cut short by a broken hamate bone in his right hand, which required surgery July 24.

"Timmy is not a guy you want to put restraints on," new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday. "If he sees a block, he's going to work that much harder to go overcome whatever somebody places on him. I believe in him."

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have exercised their option on Dave Roberts' contract for 2019 while continuing to work on a long-term deal for the manager who has taken the team to consecutive World Series.

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, says the team is "optimistic about working something out long-term."

"The reason that we've kind of slowed down a little bit is we've got a lot of coaching staff decisions to make and interviews," Friedman said Wednesday at the general manager's meetings.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - The rebuilding Chicago White Sox have extended manager Rick Renteria's contract.

General manager Rick Hahn declined to give specifics Wednesday other than the extension goes past 2019, when Renteria's original three-year deal was set to end.

Renteria is 129-195 in two seasons with the White Sox, including 62-100 this year. Prior to being hired, he managed the Chicago Cubs to a 73-89 record in 2014.

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