METAIRIE (AP) — Chase Daniel says returning to Saints headquarters after a nearly five-month lockout is like reuniting with family at Christmas.

While general manager Mickey Loomis was trying to determine which of New Orleans’ 28 free agents the club will try to bring back, about a dozen players trickled into team headquarters Tuesday.

Daniel, the backup quarterback, and reserve tight end Tyler Lorenzen met with coaches and trainers, lifted weights, threw the ball around and had lunch in the team cafeteria.

Other players stopping by included safety Malcolm Jenkins, rookie cornerback Johnny Patrick, cornerback Tracy Porter, kicker Garrett Hartley and running backs Chris Ivory and Lynell Hamilton.

The club will start giving physicals Wednesday and players officially report Thursday, with practice expected to start Friday.