While the New Orleans Saints enjoyed a day off the practice field Tuesday, the front office continued to build the roster for its first full-squad workout of training camp Thursday.
General Manager Mickey Loomis and the front office didn’t have time for a break as they had another busy day - which has been the norm since NFL players approved a new collective bargaining agreement on July 25.
The Saints added six more players - including defensive end Cameron Jordan, one of their first-round draft picks, and veteran tight end David Thomas, who was an unrestricted free agent.
The Saints also agreed to contract terms with defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin; cornerback Paul Oliver; cornerback Terrail Lambert; and tight end Tory Humphrey, who played for New Orleans the last two seasons.
Jordan, a 6-foot-4, 287-pound defensive end from Cal, was the 24th overall pick of the draft.
Jordan joins running back Mark Ingram, who the Saints selected after making a trade with the New England Patriots. Ingram was the 28th pick of the draft. He signed his four-year, $7.41 million contract on Saturday and practiced for the first time Sunday.
Jordan’s deal, which is also for four years, is worth a reported $7.7 million. With Jordan in the fold, the Saints have signed all six of the players they selected in the April draft.
Jordan will likely be with his new teammates when they return to practice at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday in a workout that will be open to the public - weather permitting.
Thomas, who came to the Saints in a Sept. 2009 trade with the Patriots, has been an integral part of the offense since his arrival. He has had at least 30 receptions in his two seasons, totaling 65 catches in all for 575 yards and three touchdowns.
The versatile Thomas has also has filled in at fullback at times.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday night that the Saints had agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Franklin, a nine-year NFL veteran and solid run defender as a four-year starter for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Saints, however, did not announce that Franklin had agreed to terms.
Oliver has played three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, while Lambert was with the Miami Dolphins last year.
Also, the Saints waived three undrafted free agents they signed last week - linebacker Jeremiha Hunter, cornerback Josh Gatlin and guard Carl Johnson.
Hunter, who injured his Achilles’ tendon in Saturday’s practice, and Gatlin, who suffered thumb and knee injuries in his first workout Friday, were both waived/injured. They will go on injured reserve if they clear waivers.
Johnson was waived/failed physical. He never practiced with the Saints after reporting to training camp with a hamstring injury.