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New Orleans Saints: Former Raven And Three Time Pro Bowl Cornerback Chris McAlister Signs With Team


Veteran Chris McAlister agreed to terms with the Saints Tuesday night after working out for the team that day.

McAlister was sought after by the Saints after a rash of injuries to several starters in the secondary, corner Jabrai Greer injured his groin against the the Panthers and was out last week against the Rams.

In that same game starter Tracy Porter went down with a knee injury after colliding with Usama Young, the injury was originally thought to be of the season ending nature but turned out to be an MCL sprain that requires no surgery.

Porter will be out the next four to six weeks with the injury but Jabari Greer should return in time for week twelve’s match-up against the New England Patriots.

McAlister was drafted by the Ravens with the tenth pick in the first round of the 1999 draft. He played the next ten seasons there recording 339 tackles, 89 pass deflections, 26 interceptions and five touchdowns.

He was once considered the best corner in the league and at 6-1 210 is a big physical player who can help in run support.

Nagging knee injuries derailed his career in Baltimore which resulted in his release this off season from the team, many teams were interested in signing him at the beginning of the season but he chose instead to wait for his knee to fully heal before coming back into the NFL.

In order to clear a roster spot for McAlister the Saints had to release third string rookie quarterback Chase Daniel for the third time this season, each time the team has found a way to bring Daniel back into the fold as they think highly of the former Mizzou standout.

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