March 17, 2009

Saints add veteran linemen Spicer, Leckey, KR Roby

Ex-Jaguar Spicer and ex-Ram Leckey to fill depth on lines

The Saints have followed through on their interest in ex-Jaguar defensive lineman Paul Spicer and ex-Ram offensive lineman Nick Leckey.

Spicer, 33, 6'4, 295, a tweener DL/DE is an overachieving former NFL Europe player who obviously has Gregg Williams' imprimatur. Williams was defensive coordinator last season in Jacksonville.

He should be able to help fill the void left by the four-game suspensions of starting DE's Will Smith and Charles Grant and also be in the rotation at defensive tackle.

Spicer joins former Jags linemate Bobby McCray in New Orleans, and could start opposite him on opening day.

Leckey, a seven year veteran of the Cardinals and Rams, Leckey, 27, 6'3, 302, has started 32 total games in the league, though no more than 11 in a season. He started 10 games for St. Louis last year before breaking a bone in his foot.

Leckey is expected to be primary backup to Jonathan Goodwin. Leckey is a technician like Jeff Faine who relies of leverage rather than size. Leckey was a teammate of Saint LB Mark Simoneau at Kansas State.

Both are expected to sign one year, base-minimum contracts. The Saints open their offseason conditioning program on March 30.

Also, yesterday the Saints re-signed free agent kick returner/wide receiver Courtney Roby. A mid-season pickup by the Saints to serve as a kick returner only, Roby flashed some speed in his limited opportunities.

His addition to the team comes after the Saints declined to offer him any restricted free agent tender, making him an unrestricted free agent two weeks ago. The Saints likely brought Roby back at the veteran minimum, though Roby should compete for the starting job at kickoff returner.

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