August 11, 2012

Saints Add Three; Including Veteran TE Graham

The Saints have signed three and released three from their training camp roster.  One of the new additions is veteran tight end Daniel Graham, who won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

Graham was released by the Titans in June and signed today by the Saints, his fourth NFL team in 11 seasons.  Graham, a first round pick of the Patriots in 2002, never played a full 16 games in five seasons.  His health and conditioning may have improved outside of New England however, through in four seasons in Denver and one in Tennessee last year, he appeared in all but one regular season game.

Graham was relegated to a blocking-only tight end as a Titan, catching just two passes.  He has 224 career catches and 25 touchdowns.

Also signed by the Saints were CB Nick Hixson and C/G Paul Fenaroli.  Undrafted rookie Hixson was signed by the Saints in May and waived in June.  He played receiver and cornerback at Hillsdale (Mich.) College.  Fenaroli was an undrafted rookie out of Stony Brook last season, who spent time with the Falcons and Packers last season.

To make room, the Saints waived three players, including two recent late-round draft picks.  The Saints waived with an injury settlement 2012 sixth round pick G Andrew Tiller, recommended to the Saints by former assistant and current Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone.  After clearing waivers, Tiller will land on injured reserve after having surgery to repair a torn triceps.

The Saints also waived LB Nate Bussey, a seventh round pick of the Saints in 2011 and a college teammate of LB/DE Martez Wilson, and CB AJ Davis, an undrafted rookie from Jacksonville State.  Davis was waived with an injury settlement.

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