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Kenny Phillips Signed by New Orleans Saints to Reserve/Future Contract


Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles safety Kenny Phillips (21) along the sidelines during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

According to reports and the NFL transaction wire, the New Orleans Saints have signed veteran safety Kenny Phillips to a reserve/future contract.

The former first-round pick out of the University of Miami spent his first five seasons (2008-2012) as a member of the New York Giants, winning a Super Bowl during his time in the Big Apple.  Phillips was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ practice squad in 2013.

After a strong rookie campaign in New York, the injury-plagued defensive back missed almost all of 2009 with a knee injury.  He had solid outings in 2010 and again in 2011, where he helped lead the Giants to their second championship win in five years.  However, 2012 ended early after another injury.

Following his signing with the Eagles in March of 2013, Phillips was released before the regular season kicked off.  The veteran safety has not seen a snap since 2012, so it’s a bit unclear as to why the Saints made this move.  If I had to guess, Sean Payton and company are hoping for a little extra competition to get Kenny Vaccaro up and running to his full potential again when training camp comes around next year.