Kenny Phillips will try to overcome bad knees and the fact that he hasn’t played in the NFL for two straight seasons to land a roster spot on the Saints in 2015.
The Saints have signed Phillips to their expanded 2015 offseason roster, the league announced in its transaction wire Wednesday. He was a former first-round draft choice and Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants.
The Giants selected Phillips 31st overall out of the University of Miami in 2008. Phillips started 41 regular-season games for the Giants between his rookie year and 2012, intercepting eight throws, defending 26 passes and making 200 tackles (62 solo).
In 2011, Phillips had his best campaign in the NFL, registering single-season highs in interceptions (four), passes defended (11) and tackles (86, 63 solo). He had his lone forced fumble as a pro, and he helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI against New England in Indianapolis that season.
Knee problems kept Phillips out of all but two games in 2009 and all but seven contests in 2012.
He didn’t play in 2013 or 2014.
In New Orleans, which was 7-9 in 2014 and missed the playoffs, safeties include Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, Pierre Warren, Vinnie Sunseri and Jamarca Sanford. Byrd, Bush and Sunseri all had suffered stained season-ending injuries by mid-November, leaving the Saints unexpectedly thin at that position.