It's unclear whether the Saints plan to sign one of the players or whether they are just updating their list of receivers who are available in case a need arises down the road -- a common practice for NFL teams.
Either way, the Saints (7-1) could certainly use more production at wide receiver behind Pro Bowler Michael Thomas and his 70 catches for 880 yards and five touchdowns.
Although they have won seven straight games and rank second in the NFL with 34.9 points per game, the Saints are surprisingly thin at receiver. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury last month. And newly signed restricted free agent Cameron Meredith has not panned out as hoped so far, with zero targets over the past three games.
That leaves just Thomas and rookie third-round draft pick Tre'Quan Smith as the only healthy receivers with double-digit receptions this year. (Smith has 12 for 214 yards and three TDs.) Running back Alvin Kamara (51 catches) and tight end Benjamin Watson (26 catches) rank second and third on the Saints.
Bryant, 30, has remained on the open market since he was released by Dallas in April, when he was due to receive $12.5 million. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was among the NFL's best in his prime. He recorded three straight seasons of at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014, and he earned Pro Bowl invitations in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
But his production had been slipping in recent years as he battled foot and knee injuries -- and the Cowboys were ultimately ready to move on from what executive vice president Stephen Jones described as a "fiery" personality that could sometimes be a "distraction."
Bryant had just 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns last season in 16 games played.