The Saints made a move to add to their pass rush by signing Phillip Hunt, according to a source.
Hunt, who is an edge player, also spent time with the Detroit Lions earlier this season, where he appeared in two games and recorded one sack. He was released earlier this month.
To make room for Hunt, the Saints released veteran linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, according to a source.
The move will be Hunt’s latest attempt to return to a roster after being knocked out of football in 2013 due to an ACL tear he suffered during the preseason.
Playing for the Eagles in 2011 and 2012, Hunt appeared in 22 games and recorded three sacks. He also had 19 hurries over that span, during which he played 329 total snaps.
Prior to coming to the NFL, Hunt played for the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He finished with 16 sacks in 2010.
A corresponding move has not been announced.
Hunt (6 feet, 248 pounds) was listed as a defensive end in Philadelphia and Detroit, though he could likely play as a strongside linebacker in New Orleans, where the Saints are battling injuries.
Rookie linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha attempted to return from an ankle injury last week against the Washington Redskins, but was knocked out of action after nine snaps.
With Kikaha out, the Saints had been using Dunbar in his spot.
The Saints signed Dunbar in late October and he appeared in three games, logging a total of 47 snaps. He recorded 11 tackles, including one for a loss of yards.
Dunbar first hooked on the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and appeared in 53 games over four seasons. He then left to join the St. Louis Rams.