Full back Korey Hall was signed by the Saints Friday afternoon after spending the last four seasons with the Green Bay Packers in a backup role and as a special teams contributor.
Hall was drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 draft out of Boise State as a linebacker, but the Packers converted him to a blocking full back shortly after entering the league.
He has appeared in 48 games with the Packers making 28 receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown.
Veteran full back Heath Evans is an unrestricted free agent this year after spending the last two years with the Saints, and his futrure with the team has been in question since the seasons end.
Evans is 32 and was used sparingly in 2010 after coming off a major knee injury suffered in 2009 during an October game against the Miami Dolphins.
Prior to his injury Evans was fitting in nicely in the Saints offense scoring three touchdowns in the team’s first six games.
New Orleans has two other full back’s on the roster besides Evans and Hall — Jed Collins who signed earlier this year and Kolby Hurt who was signed just a few days ago as undrafted rookie free agent — implying they intend to create competion for the starting spot.
Hall however feels he was brought in specifically to replace Evans, this excerpt was taken from Idahostatesman.com.
The Saints’ veteran fullback, Heath Evans, isn’t expected to return, Hall said. The fullback is a pretty big part of their offense and in a lot of pass plays,” Hall said of the Saints. “They get him the ball quite a bit. Overall, it will be a real fun place.
Whether that’s true or not regarding Evans return is still yet to be seen, although the Saints have had all week to negotiate with Evans to get him back under contract.
So far the Saints have signed most of their key free agents with exception to Evans, center Johnathan Goodwin, and right guard Carl Nicks.
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