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The New Orleans Saints continue to add more talent to their ranks ahead of the upcoming campaign.
According to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Saints have brought a familiar face back to the Big Easy, signing hometown guard Trai Turner.
A homecoming: the Saints are signing former Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to a one-year deal. Turner is from New Orleans and played at LSU.
His agents, Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha, confirmed the deal with the Saints.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2023
The former Pro Bowler was quite impressive during a pre-training camp tryout, getting himself a one-year deal with his hometown team.
The LSU product made $3 million in each of his last two one-year pacts with both the Washington Commanders and Pittsburgh Steelers, so the money should be quite similar here, albeit the financial terms or more details of the agreement have yet to be disclosed.
Needless to say, this was a much-needed addition for the Saints, as they’ve struggled to keep their interior offensive line healthy.
C Erick McCoy and LG Andrus Peat have failed to stay on the field for a full season, and RG Cesar Ruiz is a bit of a question mark, as he’s coming off a season-ending injury.
Also, Billy Price failed to pass his physical, so he was released shortly after being signed this offseason.
Turner brings experience, physicality, and toughness to the interior of the line.
He could end up outplaying Calvin Throckmorton for the backup guard spot, and he should be ahead of Lewis Kidd, Mark Evans II, and Nick Saldiveri in the pecking order, at least for the start of the season.
The Saints know the division is up for grabs, and they don’t want to leave anything to chance or luck this time.
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