The New Orleans Saints have made several roster moves on Tuesday.
They signed S Matt Giordano and RB Julius Jones. To make room for both players on their 53-man roster, the Saints waived RB DeShawn Wynn and released K John Carney.
Jones (5-10, 208), who is in his seventh NFL season, previously played for the Dallas Cowboys (2004-07) and Seattle Seahawks (2008-10). The former University of Notre Dame standout was a second-round pick of the Cowboys in 2004 and has played in 85 career regular-season games, starting 75 of them, and rushed for 4,875 yards on 1,232 carries (4.0 avg.) with 22 touchdowns and caught 133 passes for 970 yards and two additional scores. Jones, 29, has also played in two postseason games, rushing for 120 yards on 25 carries and catching two passes. He has compiled 11 career 100-yard rushing games. The Saints now have five running backs under contract, but only three of them are healthy.
Giordano (5-11, 207, California) is a sixth-year NFL veteran who initially entered the league as a fourth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2005, playing for the Colts for four seasons.
The defensive back has also spent time with the Green Bay Packers (2009) and Atlanta Falcons (2010) and has played in 60 career games, making six starts, tallying 79 tackles, three interceptions, four pass defenses and added 38 tackles on special teams. Giordano figures to see most of his playing time on special teams.
Carney’s release is a clear indication that the team is ready to let K Garrett Hartley handle all the kicking duties again.
In addition, the Saints re-signed CB Reggie Jones from the practice squad and released LB Harry Coleman from the practice squad.
- Adam Caplan