September 11, 2002

Saints Sign Re-sign Wilson, Brown; Release C Miller

The Saints have re-signed cornerbacks Jerry Wilson and Fahkir Brown. Both cornerbacks have been with the team this offseason and were with the Saints in the preseason.

To make room the Saints released backup offensive linemen Tutan Reyes and Bubba Miller. The Saints released Reyes on Tuesday.

Wilson, 5'10", 190 pounds, was released in the final roster cutdown on September 1. A product of Southern University, Wilson is a 29-year old three-year veteran who spent most of his NFL time with the Miami Dolphins. Wilson has three career interceptions with the Dolphins between 1997-2000, and was forced off the roster when the Dolphins drafted CB Jamar Fletcher in the first round of the draft. Wilson was signed on January 2, 2001 by the Saints after Kevin Mathis went down with an injury.

Brown, 5'10", 192 pounds, made the 53-man active roster initially but was released on gameday last weekend to make room for P Dirk Johnson. The Saints were forced to sign Johnson when starting punter Toby Gowin was injured. Brown played collegiate ball at Grambling before moving on to the San Diego Chargers and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Brown beat out Wilson and rookie Kevin House for a spot on the active roster after the final preseason game.

Brown and Wilson are expected to help the Saints field a full squad of defensive backs with starting cornerback Fred Thomas injured with a hand injury. Thomas has not yet been ruled out of the game but is officially doubtful after having surgery on his broken hand Monday.

Miller is an former All-Pro center with the Eagles who broke his leg at the beginning of last season. He has been with the Saints since May when he signed a one year, $650,000 contract. Miller made the team as the primary backup to Jerry Fontenot, but was expendable with the Saints in dire need of cornerbacks.

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