While the focus in New Orleans is mainly centered on the verdict for New Orleans ex-mayor Ray Nagin, and the Saints potentially cutting ties with Will Smith & Roman Harper today, the team announced that they have re-signed veteran Keyunta Dawson.
Dawson will earn a pay bump even despite signing for the veteran minimum salary. Dawson earned $391,675 last season, and was due to become an unrestricted free agent before the Saints signed him. Dawson’s veteran minimum will earn him $855,000 this season, but will only count as $575,000 against the salary cap.
I am fairly high on Dawson, as I ranked him as the #12 free agent priority for the Saints going into the off-season. Ryan Pace, who is the director of player personnel for the team, called attention to the fact that signing Dawson was a move the team was proud of. Here’s what I said about him going into the off-season:
2014 Outlook: Dawson is a seasoned veteran who could show something for the Saints, but with the team making Rufus Johnson a permanent addition from the Practice Squad, it could be a training camp battle between Dawson, Johnson, and Kyle Knox for Galette or Victor Butler’s backup spot.
Dawson has versatility, as he fits well in Rob Ryan’s defensive scheme, and was a good presence on the Saints special teams unit. He has a really strong chance to see increased playing time in 2014, and an impact player such as Dawson that comes with less of a price tag is always a great thing to keep.
Keyunta Dawson will be most remembered for his forced fumble to preserve a Week 12 Saints 17-13 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.
Stay tuned, and we’ll bring you the latest as it unfolds!
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