The New Orleans Saints are looking at their options.
Among those who worked out or visited the team Tuesday were veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and tight end Connor Hamlett, according to sources with knowledge of the dealings.
Nicks was released by the Tennessee Titans last week. The former first-round pick of the New York Giants caught 38 passes for 405 yards last season for the Indianapolis Colts.
Hamlett, who was recently released by the Jaguars, left New Orleans early Tuesday. An offer is not immediately expected, according to a source.
New Orleans has needs at both positions. Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, and Brandon Coleman are currently the only receivers on the roster.
The Saints have Ben Watson and Josh Hill at tight end.
Additionally, the Saints worked out tight ends Bear Pascoe and Gerll Robinson and wide receiver Austin Pettis, according to an ESPN report.
Kickers Nick Novak and Caleb Sturgis also worked out, according to sources.
Novak, 34, has spent the last four seasons with the San Diego Chargers, making 86.3 percent of his kicks out west, including 22 of 26 last season. The longest kick Novak has made in the NFL came from 53 yards in 2011.
Sturgis, a 26-year-old Florida product, spent the past two seasons kicking for the Miami Dolphins, making 77.5 percent of his kicks during that time while battling several injuries.
Sturgis lost a training camp battle to rookie Andrew Franks, who kicked for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Wide receiver Nick Toon reached an injury settlement with the Saints, which allows New Orleans to waive Toon off of injured reserve.
Toon is now a free agent.
The former fourth-round pick, who was heading into the final year of his rookie contract, reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain in the Saints’ second preseason game and missed the rest of camp.
New Orleans released Toon during the team’s initial cut to 75 players Sept. 5.
Now that Toon has reached an injury settlement, he’s free to sign with any team other than the Saints. Toon, who cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve, cannot re-sign with the Saints for six weeks.
Spiller out for Week 1
Running back C.J. Spiller will miss the season opener against Arizona, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport.
Spiller underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his knee early in training camp, and he’s missed the rest of camp recovering.
Initially, the Saints targeted a Week 1 return, but Rapaport’s report indicates that Spiller needs a little more time. Rapaport also reported that Spiller should be good to go again for the Saints’ home opener against Tampa Bay the next week.
Spiller’s injury may have been indicated by the Saints’ decision to keep five running backs on the roster. New Orleans kept Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, Tim Hightower and Marcus Murphy in addition to Spiller.