In a surprising revelation, the New Orleans Saints have recouped the entire $600,000 the team paid to newly signed wide receiver Dez Bryant by returning the just injured former Pro Bowler to Walmart.
Bryant, who signed with the Saints on Wednesday, tore his Achilles tendon during the second practice with his new team and needed help getting off the practice field and being stuffed back into the original clothes he had on when first arriving in New Orleans.
Spotted just over an hour after the devastating incident, coach Sean Payton was seen at the Walmart on Veterans Boulevard talking with customer service representatives while gesturing toward his grocery basket holding a strategically situated Bryant.
Payton, who team sources say experienced immediate buyer’s remorse when seeing Bryant go down, rushed the former Cowboys star to Walmart in the hopes of getting something — anything — for him since the team is now extremely thin at wide receiver with Cameron Meredith going on the IR.
Luckily for the Saints and their salary cap, Walmart really does take anything back and now the team can focus on crawling back to one of the other receivers they passed on this week.
Though, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that because Payton didn’t have a receipt for Dez Bryant, the Saints can only receive a $600,000 store credit for the return. The team will likely use that credit on a swap of other wide receivers on the shelf – such as Brandon Marshall – or buy some leftover Halloween candy that is 75% off.