The New Orleans Saints effectively are expected to replace Dez Bryant by signing fellow veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, ESPN reported on Sunday.
Bryant signed with the Saints last week before tearing his Achilles on the final play of Friday’s practice.
Marshall, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 30, worked out for the Saints with Bryant and Kamar Aiken on Tuesday.
A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Marshall recorded 11 receptions for 136 yards — with nine catches for 120 yards coming in his first three games.
Marshall has an NFL-best six seasons with at least 100 receptions but he has yet to appear in a playoff game during a career that spans 13 seasons.
The 34-year-old Marshall has 970 receptions for 12,381 yards and 83 touchdowns in 179 career contests for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Giants.
Marshall is 16th in receptions — only 12 behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
Pro Bowl wideout Michael Thomas has flourished this season for the Saints (7-1), recording 70 receptions for 880 yards and five touchdowns. The 25-year-old finished with 12 catches, a franchise-best 211 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Outside of Thomas, however, the Saints have received lukewarm production from the wide receiver position.
Rookie Tre’Quan Smith has 12 receptions for 214 yards and three touchdowns for the Saints, who saw fellow wideout Ted Ginn Jr. placed on injured reserve last month and Cameron Meredith struggle this season.
New Orleans carries a seven-game winning streak into Sunday’s contest at the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3).