The New Orleans Saints and veteran TE Travis Beckum have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to sources. The news comes after the retirement of TE Richard Quinn, who decided to call it quits just days into training camp.
Beckum was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft and stayed in the Big Apple until 2012. The 27-year-old was part of the 2011 Super Bowl team when Eli Manning and company rallied to beat the New England Patriots.
He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in February following their championship run, but was released just a few months later. The tight end has not seen action since his time with the Giants in 2012, totaling 26 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns in his career. He played his college football at Wisconsin where he earned a First-team All-Big Ten selection in 2007, but his pro days just have not been the same.
Sounds like Sean Payton just wants to add a little more competition to the mix. I think this new addition will assist in pepping up guys like Je’Ron Hamm and Nic Jacobs, who are both at war for a final roster spot. Maybe we’ll get to see Beckum take the field for a couple of snaps when the Black and Gold host the Tennessee Titans on Friday.