Reliable ten year veteran Paul Spicer has agreed to a one year deal with the Saints – terms have not been disclosed.
Spicer was an undrafted free agent when entering the league with the Seattle Seahawks in 1998, where he was eventually cut. He then spent a little time in the CFL before landing on Detroit’s practice squad for one season.
Spicer then was picked up by the Jaguars where he has spent the last nine seasons totaling 252 tackles, 215 solo, 28.5 sacks, 15 pass deflections, and 1 interception.
During his tenure at Jacksonville he continued to develop into a very reliable and productive starter having his best season in 2007 – finishing with 34 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
He also played under new Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams last season giving him an advantage with his familiarity of William’s scheme.
Spicer’s signing has added some valuable depth at both the DT and DE positions which currently are in flux with the Saints.
Starting defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant are still appealing a four game suspension for a positive drug test. If upheld both will be required to fulfill the suspension at the start of the 2009 season.
Aging defensive tackles Hollis Thomas and Brian Young have battled injury and inconsistency and Spicer’s arrival may mean that both players are slated for release.