The Saints continue to re-sign players from it’s Championship roster this week as left tackle Jermon Bushrod, tight end David Thomas, defensive tackle Remi Ayodele and safety Chris Reis all accepted their qualifying tender offers and will remain with the team through the 2010-2011 season.
Bushrod was drafted by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2007 draft but was relegated to a backup role behind Pro Bowl LT Jammal Brown.
Brown however was injured in the preseason last year and eventually had several different surgeries that knocked him out for the entirety of the season thrusting Bushrod into the starting role, where he performed admirably for the eventual Super Bowl XLIV champions.
Thomas was traded to the Saints from the Patriots for a seventh round pick in the 2011 draft after a rash of injuries that knocked out both Billy Miller and Dan Campbell for the season.
Thomas quickly adapted to his new role in the Saints offense catching 35 passes for 356 yards and one touchdown, he also lined up and played fullback at times.
Ayodele went undrafted in 2006 before joining the Saints in 2008 after spending time with the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.
He was awarded the starting position opposite Sedrick Ellis after injuries to Kendrick Clancy appearing in 13 games making 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks during the 2009 season.
Reis alos went undrafted in 2006 but was signed by the Atlanta Falcons before making his way to the Saints in 2007. Reis has been a back up safety with the Saints ever since and is now know as the player that came up with the surprise on-side kick Sean Payton called to open the second half of Super Bowl XLIV.
There are still several other RFA that have yet to sign their tender offers the most notable of which being LT Jammal Brown who will skip the voluntary portion of off season workouts to “patiently wait” for the Saints to sign him to a lucrative long term contract.
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