New Orleans Saints Sign Two Running Backs

Running Back Chris Taylor With The Texans (Source: NFL.com)

The Saints have signed two running backs to their roster agreeing to contracts with Chris Taylor and Jed Collins.

Currently the futures of top rushers Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush are in question with the Saints.

Thomas is set to become a free agent after an injury plagued 2010 season in which he appeared in only six games.

A nagging ankle injury that he suffered in week three against Atlanta was the primary culprit and rumor had it that head coach Sean Payton was fed up with his extended recovery time.

Rumors also surfaced that the Saints had tried to shop him to the Patriots in exchange for a corner back before the trade deadline in October.

Reggie Bush is set to make 11.5M next season and with so many players becoming free agents this year the Saints cannot afford to pay him such a hefty amount given such little production.

Bush has said he wants to stay with the Saints and is willing to re-nogotiate his contract with the team but the questions is does the team really want him back?

Chris Taylor is a five year NFL veteran who has spent time with the Houston Texans and New England Patriots.

His most significant playing time as pro came during his tenure with the Texans rushing 42 times for 160 yards and a touchdown

New Orleans bounced Taylor on and off their practice squad five times between October and December 2010.

A two year pro and actual a full back, Collins went undrafted in 2008 out of Washington State spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs before landing on the Saints practice squad last September.

This time of year it’s not uncommon for teams to sign a bevy players heading into team activities and off season workouts in an effort to create competition at a given position.

At first glance it would appear the Saints are entering this off season with an open slate when it comes to their depth chart at running back, and the battle for the top spots will surely be oen to watch when training camp arrives.

Check out Keith Null’s weekly article about the Saints on NFL.com by clicking here.

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Topics: Chris Taylor, Houston Texans, Jed Collins, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles

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