TE John Gilmore (Source gridironfans.com)

New Orleans Saints Sign TE John Gilmore For Depth


After the mandated roster cuts on September 3 the New Orleans Saints listed only having two Tight Ends, Jimmy Graham and David Thomas.  To have some insurance and depth, they have signed a third to the roster.

After practice Sunday, Head Coach Sean Payton stated that the Saints were in the process of signing TE John Gilmore to the roster.  Payton stated that nothing was going to be official until later today.

Gilmore was actually with the Saints at one time when he was selected in the 2002 NFL Draft in the sixth round out of Penn State.  Gilmore was waived and spent the bulk of his career with the Chicago Bears (2002-2007). 

He then played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2008 to 2010 which is where the Saints probably got a good look at him.  Gilmore was with the Pittsburgh Steelers in preseason this year before he was released.

For his career Gilmore has 52 receptions for 524 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Since these stats are pretty low for 9 years, he’s probably being brought in for blocking purposes.  With this signing, a player will have to be released from the current roster, which Payton said would be announced later today.

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Tags: Chicago Bears David Thomas Jimmy Graham John Gilmore New Orleans Saints Penn State Pittsburgh Steelers Sean Payton Tampa Bay Buccaneers