February 27, 2008

Saints Reel Three Back In Before Free Agency Opens

Two offensive linemen and a role-playing wide receiver are among the re-signings announced today by the Saints.

All three were set to hit the open market on Friday at 12:01am.

Starting LG for the past two years, G Jamar Nesbit arrived as a career journeyman and has evolved into the elder statesman of a very successfull offensive line. The ultimate utilityman has anchored the left side of the line for a stable Saints rotation.

Nesbit will have base salaries of $1 million, $1.9 million and finally $1.9 million in 2010.

Also re-signing is one of his linemates, G Jonathan Goodwin, who is a backup guard and center for the team. Goodwin filled in for center Jeff Faine in a key position during two games this season, both impressive victories and offensive performances in San Francisco and at home against Jacksonville. Goodwin also started two games in the 2007 preseason and participated in every game over the past two seasons for the Saints.

WR Terrance Copper's re-signing returns a key special teamer and a tough competitor at receiver who followed Sean Payton from Dallas to New Orleans in 2006. Copper have five starts and five touchdowns over the past two seasons, one of those starts was in the NFC Championship game in 2007 when he finished with three catches for 29 yards.

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