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Saints Free Agency Update: DE Jeff Charleston Signs 1-Yr Tender Offer


Backup defensive end Jeff Charleston signed his one year 1.1M dollar tender off with the Saints today which is the lowest possible tender offer a team can make.

Charleston,27, entered the NFL as undrafted rookie free agent with the Texans in May of  2006 but was released shortly there after in September.

He was then signed by the Colts in January of 2007 where he played until being waived in August but while there appeared in 13 games as the primary backup at right defensive end recording 24 tackles, 1 sack, 3 pass deflections and a forced fumble.

Joining the Saints prior to the 2008 season Charleston became the primary backup to starter Charles Grant appearing in 26 games as a member of the black and gold recording 23 tackles and 3 sacks.

After the release of Grant earlier this off-season Charleston could potentially compete for more playing time if the Saints decide to address Grant’s absence with a committe style approach at the position barring drafting a young pass rush specialist in the draft.

Most mock drafts have the Saints taking a defensive lineman such as Jared Odrick or Everson Griffen with the 32nd pick and the latest whodatdish.com mock draft, viewed here, also has them taking Odrick.

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