January 11, 2005

Saints Fill Offseason Roster With Street Free Agents

The Saints, like most teams, are busy signing up street free agents to fill their offseason rosters. Some will go to Europe, some will stick around for the spring minicamps, all are fighting for what may be their last shot in the big leagues. A few may end up in training camp, but there's almost a zero chance they'll play on Sunday this fall.

The complete list of signees: WR Thyron Anderson, T Ben Archibald, TE Mike Banks, CB Fred Booker, DT Leonce Crump, LB Jeremiah Garrison, S Brent Hafford, G Augie Hoffmann, QB Kliff Kingsbury, G Dwayne Ledford, WR Brian Poli-Dixon, FB Nate Schurman, G Chad Setterstrom, LB Cabel Rohloff and WR Chris Vance.

LB Cabel Rohloff - Former North Colorado linebacker Rohloff was signed by the Saints and shipped to NFL Europe.

S Brent Hafford - Ultra-productive collegiate safety at Stephen F Austin was signed as an undrafted free agent last April. 6'0, 190 pound Hafford will be shipped to Europe. Didn't make the final roster cut in training camp 2004.

WR Brian Poli-Dixon - Huge, lanky receiver who came out of UCLA in 2002 with much higher expectations than what came to be. 6'5, 210 pound Poli-Dixon has bounced around the league since. The Saints added Poli-Dixon to their practice squad in October 2004, exclusively for the purpose of simulating the size of Randy Moss for the team's game against the Vikings.

QB Chris Finlen - New offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard picks up one of his quarterback projects off the street. Finlen signed with the Saints in spring of 2003 after starting three years in his collegiate career with Northern Illinois. Finlen was then working as a scout intern with the Bears organization, and the Saints shipped him to the now-defunct Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe 2003 where he was knicked up and a backup behind Seth Burford and attempted only 45 passes. His injured shoulder prevented him from doing much in training camp upon returning to the states, and in 2004 Finlen failed to crack the final roster of the Jets. Finlen has had exposure to pro-style west coast offensive schemes in New Orleans and New York now. Now healthy and looking for another chance, the Saints will be sending Finlen to NFL Europe again this spring.

WR Thyron Anderson - Most recently with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, the Grambling product and Jonesboro, LA native caught 12 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in the 2002 SWAC Championship. The 6'4, 200 pound, 25 year-old had 76 catches for 1147 yards and three touchdowns in 2004, his second CFL season, and is the first cousin of Cardinals WR Scotty Anderson.

TE Mike Banks - Iowa State product and former draft pick of the Cardinals who fell out of favor with the Dennis Green administration. Turned down an offer to sign with the Chicago Bears, who wanted to send him to NFL Europe. About to be a father, Banks is an avid hunter and fisherman and looks forward to his time in Louisiana. Banks, 26, weighs in at 6'4, 262 pounds and bench presses 355 pounds. Banks was a 7th round pick of Arizona in 2002, taken one slot before the Saints drafted (Virginia Tech DE Derrius Monroe).

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