The Saints front office is quite busy today as it was just announced they have agree to terms and signed rookie center Matt Tennant and released four undrafted rookies from the roster.
Tennant was the Saints fifth round selection in this years draft and is the third rookie from the draft class to sign with the team in the last two weeks joining seventh round pick QB Sean Canfield and fourth rounder DT Al Woods.
Considered one of the best center prospects in the draft Tennant played collegiately at Boston College anchoring one of the best offensive lines in college football the last three years.
Tennant was a big part of Matt Ryan’s success in 2007 when he passed for 4,507 yards and helped the team finish with 5,924 yards of offense.
He will compete along side starter Jonathan Goodwin and backup Nick Leckey in training camp and although unlikely to unseat Goodwin for the starring role should press Leckey for the top backup spot.
Linebacker/strong safety Harry Coleman, linebacker Sam Maxwell, defensive end Brandon Sharp and corner back Marcell Young were all waived from the roster.
Coleman, who played strong safety at LSU, joined the team as an undrafted free agent and was expected to compete at strong side linebacker in training camp.
Coleman was arrested earlier this summer for suspected assault and battery so it’s debatable that his run in with law thwarted his chances to make the Saints final roster.
Maxwell was an interesting prospect as well coming off an 80 tackle six interception senior season at Kentucky while playing with a torn labrum.
He was invited to try out at a recent mini camp and was liked enough to get signed and get a crack at outside linebacker, it was even rumored the team was considering trying him out at middle linebacker.
Obviously he was not valuable enough to not be released and as is the case so many times in the NFL he fell victim to the numbers game.
Defensive end Brandon Sharpe was undrafted out of Tennessee and corner Marcell Young out of Jackson State, both will have to chase their NFL dreams elsewhere.