The process of putting together the 2016 New Orleans Saints roster has already begun.
New Orleans has signed cornerback Brandon Dixon, safety Alden Darby, tackle Bryan Witzmann and wide receiver Reggie Bell to reserve/future contracts, multiple sources told The Advocate on Monday.
All three spent significant time on the Saints’ practice squad this season.
Dixon, the twin brother of Saints special teamer Brian Dixon, was a sixth-round pick of the Jets who played 14 games for Tampa Bay in 2014 before joining the New Orleans practice squad this season.
Darby, a rookie from Arizona State, has earned a key spot in the locker room, regularly joking around with the starters and in the middle of the huddle during Drew Brees’ traditional pre-game speeches.
Witzmann, who was signed back to the practice squad on Christmas Eve, is a tackle who has spent time with both the Houston Texans and the Saints earlier this season.
Bell, a rookie from UC-San Diego, was signed in early October and remained on the practice squad.
“Truly blessed with the opportunity to sign a one year deal with the (Saints) today,” Bell posted on his Instagram page. “(God’s) timing is always perfect.”
Players who get signed to reserve/future contracts can pay big dividends. Willie Snead and Tim Hightower were both locked up around this time last winter.
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