July 29, 2011

Special Teams Ace Reis to Re-sign

One of the most serious concerns among the Saints' league-longest list of unrestricted free agents was the presence of almost every core special teams player for the team.

With the re-signing of LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, and the additions of LB Will HerringS Jonathon Amaya, RB/KR/PR Darren Sproles, and now veteran special teams ace and safety Chris Reis, the Saints are well on their way to a new core of special teams leaders.

Reis, 27, 6'1, 215, a four year veteran, all with the Saints since coming out of Georgia Tech as an undrafted free agent, has played very little on defense.  But he has proven quite valuable on special teams, and most memorably, Reis recovered the onsides kick to start the second half in Super Bowl XLIV, sparking the Saints' comeback and eventual NFL championship.

That was one of the biggest special teams plays in franchise history, and was won by Reis' toughness and tenacity at the bottom of a dogpile.

Reis recorded his lone interception against the Bucs in 2009, in the closing seconds of a 38-7 drubbing in Tampa Bay, picking off QB Josh Freeman and returning it 33 yards.

In 2008, Reis forced his new Saint teammate, then-Charger kickoff returner Darren Sproles to fumble in the second quarter.

Sean Payton announced that Reis had agreed to return to the Saints in his press conference on Thursday afternoon.

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