Veteran tight end Jermaine Gresham, who reportedly left New Orleans with an offer after a visit last month, has signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, the NFC West team announced Friday.
Gresham, who caught 62 passes for 460 yards and five touchdowns last season, had been targeted as a potential veteran addition to a position group that is somewhat thin in numbers as the Saints enter training camp.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton saw a fit for Gresham in the offense when the tight end visited earlier this summer..
“It would be about the fit,” Payton said. “I think there’s a fit for us if it works out, and he’s a guy that we’ve studied quite a bit now in the last couple of months.”
Gresham, who had to wait to draw a lot of interest after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc, chose the Cardinals, who entered camp without a proven tight end on the roster, over the Saints, Packers, Bears and Raiders.
Barring another addition to the 90-man roster — and a spot is open after the Saints decided to release Junior Galette — the Saints will go to camp with veteran Ben Watson, up-and-comer Josh Hill,Orson Charles and a promising undrafted free agent in Jack Tabb.