Long time Bear starting fullback Jason McKie has joined the Saints according to multiple reports on a one-year contract.
McKie, 5-11 247 pounds, entered the NFL as undrafted free agent out of temple in 2002 signing with the Eagles before quickly joining the Dallas Cowboys appearing in only one game that season.
The following season in 2003 he would land and eventually stick with the Chicago Bears appearing in 87 games with 46 starts before his release early this off-season.
Primarily used as a blocker most of his career McKie has rushed 29 times for 84 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 68 receptions for 364 yards and three scores.
McKie brings a veteran presence into the Saints backfield and joins a crowded group at full back with the Saints which includes starter Heath Evans, Marcus Mailei and possibly former 49er full back Zak Keasey.
Interestingly enough Keasey, who signed with the Saints earlier this off-season, is offiailly listed as a linebacker on the Saints roster according to the teams website.
Keasey played linebacker collegiately at Princeton where he was names First Team All-Ivy League his junior and senior season, signed with the Redskins as a reserve linebacker in 2005 before moving over to the 49ers in 2006 where he was converted into a full back.
It’s unclear if the Saints will indeed keep Keasey at full back or try him out at one of the linebacker positions as the team seeks to fill the void left by former strong side backer Scott Fujita who left for the Cleveland Browns in free agency.