Coinciding with perhaps the franchise's greatest draft pick ever being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Saints will play an extra exhibition game in 2012. The Saints and Cardinals will open the NFL's preseason on August 5 with 7pm kickoff of the NFL Network.
The game will be played in Canton, Ohio the day after the enshrinement ceremonies celebrate T Willie Roaf. The Saints reportedly volunteered for the game, which means the Saints will play five preseason games instead of four.
Roaf, the eighth overall pick by the Saints out of Louisiana Tech in 1993, played nine seasons in New Orleans and four in Kansas City. He was named to the 1990s NFL All-Decade team, and is a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.