On the same day he agreed to enter a diversion program in relation to a DWI case he’s facing, free-agent wide receiver Joe Morgan on Tuesday re-signed with the Saints, whom he’s been a part of the past three seasons.
The contract is for one year, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said via Twitter. Terms were not immediately disclosed.
Morgan missed the 2011 and 2013 campaigns due to preseason, year-ending knee injuries. But in 2012, he caught 10 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns.
His jaw-dropping 37.9 yards per catch would’ve easily been the most in the NFL if he would have had enough grabs to qualify to be ranked in the category, so it’s obvious the Saints believe he’s got the potential to re-establish himself in 2014 as a bona fide deep-ball threat.
Saints fans flooded Morgan’s Twitter account with messages of congratulations soon after his new contract was publicized. Morgan replied: “Thanks for all the love #WHODAT.”
In an unrelated matter, Morgan was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Metairie on May 25. He pleaded not guilty in September to charges of first-offense DWI and having no driver’s license.
Hours before the Saints announced his new deal, Morgan indicated in Jefferson Parish court that he’d work to complete the requirements of a diversion program, which typically offers young defendants facing nonviolent charges monitoring and social services such as counseling as an alternative to undergoing a trial.
Technically, the DWI case against Morgan was dismissed after the court denied a joint request for a continuance on the player’s trial date, which had been set for Tuesday. Prosecutors, though, can reinstitute the case against Morgan if they have to at a later time.
It would’ve been difficult for Morgan to successfully complete the diversion program to which he had agreed if he left the New Orleans area, his lawyer, Donald “Chick” Foret, had said earlier Tuesday. Foret said the requirements of the diversion program Morgan will work on are “rigorous.”
Before joining the Saints as an undrafted free agent, Morgan played collegiately at both Illinois and Walsh, an NAIA school in Canton. He turns 26 on March 23.
At the beginning of Tuesday, the only receivers on the Saints’ roster who had substantial NFL experience were Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and backup Nick Toon.