March 4, 2009

Saints Re-Sign WR Henderson; Add Ex-Bill CB Greer

Former SEC speed merchants sign on Wednesday as Saints make first new addition

Two former Southeastern Conference speedsters became Saints on Wednesday. One is returning to the team from a brief stay on the free agent market, one is arriving from wintry Buffalo, New York.

And to make things sweeter, the Saints stole both from the Buccaneers.

Henderson hit the free agent market for the second year in a row, and again drew heavy interest from Tampa Bay. And again, the Saints plucked him off the market with a new deal, this time a four-year contract for a player who improved greatly in 2008.

Henderson lead the league with 24.8 yard/catch average in 2008. He officially collected only two drops, a significant improvement, and showed more reliability as a go-to receiver in this offense. Henderson's blazing speed makes him one of the premiere deep threats in the league, and while his intermediate game improved in 2008, his average per catch was the highest in team history.

Greer, 27, is a former SEC track star. At Tennessee he broke Willie Gault's 110m hurdles record and started for three seasons at cornerback for the Volunteers. Greer, 5'11", 180, was undrafted in 2004, he has played ever since in Buffalo, eventually emerging as a starter.

Greer hasn't played since November 17 when he was lost to a knee injury. He started all games when was healthy in 2008, having finally broken into the starting lineup early in 2007 and not relinquishing the job since. Greer has four career interceptions, all in the past two seasons, and the last two he returned for touchdowns in 2008.

Greer started Wednesday in Cleveland, one of many teams who were interested, and arrived in New Orleans ready to strike a deal. Greer is yet another free agent the Saints have stolen from Tampa, who visited with Greer earlier. Detroit, Denver, Miami, the Jets, Philadelphia and St. Louis, as well as Buffalo, were on going after Greer.

Both players have signed four-year contracts. Greer's deal is worth $23 million.

Both Greer, a former Tennessee Vol, and Henderson, a former LSU Tiger, played in the 2001 SEC Championship game. The Tigers won that contest 31-20 and derailed Tennessee's national championship hopes. Henderson had one catch for two yards in the game, Greer had four tackles (none on Henderson).

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