Terrance West

Baltimore Ravens' Terrance West (28) and Steve Smith (89) celebrate a touchdown scored on a running play by West against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran running back after Wednesday's tryout, but it's not former Kansas City star Jamaal Charles.

New Orleans has agreed to terms with former Browns and Ravens back Terrance West to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, a source told The Advocate.

The deal is expected to qualify for the minimum salary benefit, which means that West will cost the same as a younger player would. 

West, 27, has rushed for 1,816 yards in five seasons in the NFL, but most of those yards came in two seasons: a 673-yard campaign as a rookie in Cleveland and a 774-yard season with Baltimore in 2016. 

At 5-foot-10, 225 pounds, West is the kind of bruising, between-the-tackles back who could help handle the workload while Mark Ingram is out of action for the first four game. 

West's signing comes as something of a surprise given that Saints coach Sean Payton has said the team would likely find Ingram's replacement from among the players on the roster. 

"If we work anyone out here in the next few days, it would be just to see what kind of shape and see how they're doing," Payton said after Tuesday's minicamp practice. "That doesn't preclude us from signing someone, but that's pretty normal."

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