The Saints have lost long snapper Jason Kyle to a shoulder injury, which doctors advised should not play again this season.
Kyle was the Saints' long snapper since 2009 and has performed very well.
The decision was made to place Kyle on season-ending injured reserve on Friday. The Saints worked out three replacements on Saturday and signed Jake Ingram, who was the long snapper for the Patriots since 2009.
Ingram was a sixth round draft pick of the Patriots in 2009, but was cut by New England because of inconsistent performance. Born in New Mexico but raised in Hawaii, Ingram walked on at the University of Hawaii. After being drafted by the Patriots, he won the job from veteran Nathan Hodel.
Ingram had an especially difficult outing in San Diego on October 24, botching two snaps and committing a holding penalty. He was cut two weeks later after the Patriots' embarassing 34-14 loss to Cleveland.
The Saints signed Ingram on Saturday.
UPDATE: Ingram snapped for the Saints against the Seahawks, and according to Sean Payton was not at fault on Garrett Hartley's missed short field goal. But either Ingram or holder Chase Daniel were at fault for a botched hold on an extra point attempt earlier in the game.