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Saints re-sign free agent LB Humber to one-year contract

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The Canadian Press
3/14/2014 12:00:52 PM
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NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints have re-signed free agent linebacker and special teams player Ramon Humber to a one-year contract.

The announcement was made Friday by Mickey Loomis, the Saints' executive vice-president and general manager.

The 5-foot-11, 232-pound reserve linebacker originally signed with Indianapolis in 2009 as an undrafted free agent, playing in the Colts' loss to New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV.

A season later, he signed with the Saints and has been with the team since, becoming a key special teams player and a steady reserve linebacker.

Since 2010, he has 36 special teams tackles in the regular season and playoffs combined. The Saints finished the season with the league's seventh-best punting unit, but allowed 25.2 yards per kick return, ranking 26th in the NFL.

In 2013, playing in defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan's system, he saw action in all 16 games, starting three of them. He finished with a career-high 24. Fourteen of his tackles came in his three starts, including a four-tackle, half-sack performance at New England.

Humber is the first Saints player who hit the free agent market to re-sign with the team. New Orleans watched as safety Malcolm Jenkins signed with Philadelphia.

Kicker Shayne Graham and linebacker Keyunta Dawson were scheduled to become free agents before re-signing with the Saints in February.

The Saints have been able to make a splash in free agency in spite of having little room to work with under the salary cap. The Saints began free agency less than $3 million under the salary cap.

The day Jenkins agreed to play for Philadelphia, New Orleans brought in and signed Jairus Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowl safety from Buffalo. Byrd will make $1.3 million in base salary in 2014.

Ramon Humber (Photo: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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