Travaris Cadet will not be back in New Orleans next season.
After declining to tender the restricted free agent, making him available to the rest of the league, the running back signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, according to a source.
Cadet served as depth as the passing back. He finished last season with 38 catches for 296 yards with one touchdown. Nearly 250 of his yards came after the catch.
If the Saints had tendered Cadet, they would have had the right to match any offer he received from another team. The terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Another one of New Orleans’ restricted free agents, defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker, recently signed with the Detroit Lions. He also was not tendered.
Offensive lineman Bryce Harris remains a free agent.
New Orleans will likely look to add depth in the running game at some point this offseason, either through the draft or by acquiring an undrafted player.
Tim Hightower. who was signed this offseason, could also fill that role.