Cornerback Kelvin Hayden to visit New Orleans Saints; good replacement for Porter?

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Nov 13, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) gets tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kelvin Hayden (26) during overtime at the Georgia Dome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

According to columnist Larry Holder, the New Orleans Saints will be hosting another Altlanta Falcons free agent, cornerback Kelvin Hayden.  Would he be a good replacement for cornerback Tracy Porter who just signed with the Denver Broncos?

Hayden was drafted in 2005 by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round out of Illinois.  He had a pretty uneventful rookie and sophmore season, but Hayden began to come into his own in 2007.

While with the Colts, Hayden had 298 tackles, nine interceptions with three returned for a touchdown, four forced fumbles, and 29 passes defended.  In 2011, he became a free agent and was signed by the Falcons.

Hayden enjoyed the start of a good season with the Falcons and added two more interceptions to his numbers.  He picked off Colts quarterback Curtis Painter and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

However, the season would come to an end for Hayden when he suffered a toe injury after only eight games and was placed on injured reserve.  The Falcons chose to let Hayden test free agency for this season.

It’s probably no coincidence that Hayden is coming to visit the Saints for the weekend.  The team just recently signed former Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton, a former teammate of Hayden.

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