August 3, 2011

Saints add pair of retread offensive tackles

The Saints have signed two former first round draft picks at offensive tackle, George Foster and Alex Barron.

Foster, the 20th overall pick in the 2003 draft, started 45 games at right tackle but was plagued by mental mistakes and penalties and eventually benched.  He was traded in 2007 to Detroit, where he lasted two seasons and was beaten by rookie T Gosder Cherilus.  He was cut by the Browns in preseason 2009, and has been out of the NFL since then. Foster signed with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, and started eight games at left tackle.

Barron, a first round pick in 2005 of the Rams out of Florida State, jockeyed with T Jammal Brown of Oklahoma for the honor of being the top offensive lineman taken in the draft.  The Saints took Brown at 13, the Rams took Barron at 19 in a Draft that was a down year for offensive linemen.  After the 2009 season, Brown was traded to Washington, Barron was traded to Dallas.

Barron played in 11 games for Dallas last season and struggled, including a highly public holding penalty that wiped out a game-ending, game-winning touchdown for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, giving the win to Washington.  Barron is huge with an enormous wingspan, but made holding and false start penalties a habit while starting 75 games in six seasons.

To make room, the Saints placed undrafted rookie LB Jerimiha Hunter (Achilles tendon tear) on injured reserve and waived undrafted rookie K Jacob Rogers.

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