The Saints have two players who have earned salary bumps through the NFL’s Proven Performance Escalator.
Offensive tackle Terron Armstead and defensive tackle John Jenkins will both receive salaries of $1.69 million in 2016, according to a source.
Armstead was previously slated to make $705,000. Jenkins’ salary was listed at $700,000.
The Proven Performance Escalator is a clause built into the collective bargaining agreement that guarantees players selected in third through seventh rounds of the draft raises based on playing time. Any player selected in those rounds who plays an average of 35 percent of the snaps over a three-year period or 35 percent of the snaps during two individual seasons earns the escalator during the fourth season of his rookie deal.
Cornerback Corey White and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks earned the incentive for the Saints last season. White was let go shortly after earning the raise.
The Saints are going to give Kyle Prater another chance.
The team signed the wide receiver to a reserve/future deal Tuesday after he went through a workout, according to a source.
The 6-foot-5 Prater spent some time with the Saints last training camp but was released Aug. 17. During his time in practices, he was targeted 13 times and made nine receptions, according to The Advocate’s charting.
Prater had one catch for 19 yards during the preseason.
New Orleans has also signed fellow receivers Reggie Bell, Shane Wynn and R.J. Harris to futures deals.
Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman, Seantavius Jones and Marques Colston are also under contract.
Report: Saints sign CFL’s Harris
New Orleans reportedly signed the CFL’s Erik Harris to a reserve/future contract following a workout Tuesday morning, a source confirmed.
The news was first reported by 3DownNation.com, which covers the CFL.
Harris was a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux used to play.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Harris played linebacker in the CFL but has the versatility to also play safety. His official listing on the Tiger-Cats’ website is as a defensive back.
Harris finished with 43 tackles and two interceptions last season.
In December, coach Sean Payton said the Saints spend more time scouting the CFL.
“I think anywhere there is football being played you have to pay attention to it,” Payton said.
“It’s very limited we’re really looking at the college game, we’re looking at our league, everyone else’s practice squad players, and then the next spot is north.”