The Saints are looking north of the border for cornerback help.
According to a league source, Canadian Football League cornerback Delvin Breaux will work out with the Saints next week. The New Orleans native is scheduled to visit or has already visited nearly a dozen teams across the NFL.
“It’s an amazing journey I have been on and I’m finally here,” Breaux said. “It’s a dream come true, man.”
A New Orleans native, the 6-foot-1 cornerback has been with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats since 2013. He intercepted one pass and returned it for a touchdown last year. He also recovered a fumble and recorded 33 tackles.
He will be eligible to sign with NFL teams after 4 p.m. on Feb. 10.
Breaux suffered a neck injury in 2006 while playing for McDonogh 35 Senior High School. The injury kept him sidelined until hooking on with the Louisiana Bayou Vipers, a semi-pro team in Hammond, in 2012. He finished the year with five interceptions, and then hooked on with the New Orleans VooDoo.
The Saints are not unfamiliar with CFL prospects, after signing safety Marcus Ball out of the league last season.
No issues for Armstead
Terron Armstead was unsure if he would require surgery to repair his injured neck as the season came to a close. It turns out he likely has nothing to worry about.
The Saints left tackle is expected to be able to avoid the operating table and recover through rest and rehabilitation, according to a league source.
Armstead battled the injury throughout the season and missed the final two games of the season against the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also limited to 13 snap the week prior against Chicago.
Prior to suffering the injury, Armstead was one of the more durable players on the roster, starting every game before being sidelined against the Falcons. With Armstead out, Bryce Harris started in his place.
Armstead being able to make a full recovery is good news for New Orleans. The team enters the offseason needing to make upgrades across the line, particularly at center and possibly guard. A more reliable swing tackle is also likely an area of need.
Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, cornerback Corey White, and linebacker Curtis Lofton have received bumps in salary for the 2015 season.
Hicks and White received salary increases of nearly $1 million by playing more than 35 percent of the defensive snaps during their first three seasons. As per the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, players drafted between rounds 3-7 tripper a Proven Performance Escalator by hitting that snap count.
According to NFLPA records, Hicks’ salary increased from $660,000 to $1.562 million and White’s jumped from $660,000 to $1.574 million. The pay increases are not guaranteed and the team can escape paying by releasing either player.
Lofton received salary increases of $250,000 over each of the next two seasons by earning an undisclosed incentive.
The Saints are expected to be at least $20 million over the 2015 salary cap. The pay increases create another wrinkle for the team to manage.