March 29, 2002

Veteran TE Sloan Joins Saints

Veteran tight end David Sloan, a seven year veteran from the Detroit Lions, has agreed to a four-year, $7.05 million contract with a $1.25 million signing bonus. Sloan has not officially signed the contract yet.

Sloan is coming off one of his best seasons with the Lions, catching 37 passes for 409 yards and seven touchdowns. Sloan played through a broken hand last season.

A 3rd round pick in 1995 by the Lions out of New Mexico, Sloan spent his first seven years in the league with the Lions.

Sloan was being courted by the Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was an unrestricted free agent.

Sloan is expected to start at tight end for the Saints ahead of Boo Williams and Lamont Hall. Veteran TE Johnny Mitchell is also on the roster.

The Saints have virtually solved with tight end issues with a healthy David Sloan and can concentrate on other areas in the NFL draft.

The Saints have signed two free agents in the past two days, with Sloan and LB Bryan Cox. Of the five free agents the Saints have signed this offseason, all will be 29 years of age or older this season. The youngest, T Spencer Folau, who is expected to start at right tackle, will be 29 on April 5.

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