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Saints Re-Sign Keyunta Dawson


Nov 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson (13) fumbles the ball after being hit by New Orleans Saints linebacker Keyunta Dawson (55) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

While the focus in New Orleans is mainly centered on the verdict for New Orleans ex-mayor Ray Nagin, and the Saints potentially cutting ties with Will Smith & Roman Harper today, the team announced that they have re-signed veteran Keyunta Dawson.

Dawson will earn a pay bump even despite signing for the veteran minimum salary. Dawson earned $391,675 last season, and was due to become an unrestricted free agent before the Saints signed him. Dawson’s veteran minimum will earn him $855,000 this season, but will only count as $575,000 against the salary cap.

I am fairly high on Dawson, as I ranked him as the #12 free agent priority for the Saints going into the off-season. Ryan Pace, who is the director of player personnel for the team, called attention to the fact that signing Dawson was a move the team was proud of. Here’s what I said about him going into the off-season:

"2014 Outlook: Dawson is a seasoned veteran who could show something for the Saints, but with the team making Rufus Johnson a permanent addition from the Practice Squad, it could be a training camp battle between Dawson, Johnson, and Kyle Knox for Galette or Victor Butler’s backup spot."

Dawson has versatility, as he fits well in Rob Ryan’s defensive scheme, and was a good presence on the Saints special teams unit. He has a really strong chance to see increased playing time in 2014, and an impact player such as Dawson that comes with less of a price tag is always a great thing to keep.

Keyunta Dawson will be most remembered for his  forced fumble to preserve a Week 12 Saints 17-13 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.

Stay tuned, and we’ll bring you the latest as it unfolds!

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