The Saints will face a familiar foe twice next year, as veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey has signed with the Carolina Panthers.
Shockey has 510 career regular season catches in the league, the last 139 with the Saints.
The NFC South rival found themselves a new home for Shockey, who was cut by the Saints nine days ago. Acquired in 2008 from the Giants for 2nd and 5th round draft picks, Shockey played three injury-limited seasons for the Saints.
Shockey, an Oklahoma native, also had a physical and meeting with the Miami Dolphins, home of his alma mater.
Shockey had 15 catches for 141 yards and one touchdown in four games as a Saint against the Panthers.
Walls is the second high-profile tight end to leave New Orleans for Carolina, following Wesley Walls in 1996.