Another busy week for Black and Gold
NEW ORLEANS – During the second week of Free Agency the Saints were once again a busy team. The Black and Gold let go of fan favorite FB Mike Karney and then also inked speedy WR Devery Henderson to a four-year deal.
And staying with the if it ain’t broke don’t fix it theme Saints Coach Sean Payton said that he and the Black and Gold had no interest whatsoever in acquiring the services of Wide Receiver Terrell Owens.
“We feel like we have a real good group of players at that position and we are confident that we will get better. T.O. led the league in dropped balls last season and we are not interested,” said Payton.
The Saints added two new faces to their roster last week as well. Full Back Heath Evans and Corner Back Jabbari Greer were both signed during the second week of Free Agency. “Heath is a versatile and fundamentally sound fullback who can help our offense in a variety of roles, whether it be as a lead blocker, as a runner or receiving option out of the backfield as well as on special teams,” said Executive Vice President/general Manager Mickey Loomis.
Evans will be in his ninth season in the NFL after making stops in Seattle, Miami and most recently with the New England Patriots. “I don’t know how I can make this offense better but I am going to do my part and try and fit in,” Evans said.
Greer joins the Saints as a possible starter at Corner Back. Greer was an undrafted Free Agent out of the University of Tennessee and he has played all five seasons for the Buffalo Bills. Greer has played in 70 regular season games for the Bills and started 23 starts.
Before going down with a knee injury last year Greer posted two interceptions and returned both for touchdowns. Although Greer missed the last six games of the season with his injury he says that he is healthy and ready to go.
“Man I am fired up. I can’t wait to play inside the Superdome and if we had a game tomorrow I would be ready to go. I’m about 97% healthy and I feel great. I am glad to be a New Orleans Saints Player,” said Greer.
“We are excited about acquiring Jabari. He has the skill set you are looking for in a corner,” said Head Coach Sean Payton. “He brings speed and cover ability to the position. He has come into this league and quickly has established a reputation for himself and we are very pleased with this addition to our team.”
And #19 will be back in the fold on offense for the Saints as well. The former LSU Tiger had his best season as a Saint in 2008 as 27 of his 30 catches went for first downs and he led the league in average yards per catch.
The Saints will continue to look to upgrade their roster and focus on the 2009 NFL Draft in which New Orleans will have the 14th overall pick in the first round as their highest pick if things remain the same between now and Draft Day.