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Report: New Orleans Saints signing veteran WR Josh Morgan

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According to multiple reports from sources, the New Orleans Saints are signing veteran wide receiver Josh Morgan.

Pro Football Talk first reported that Morgan was signing, and the report was confirmed by both Joel Erickson and Nick Underhill of The Advocate.

Morgan, who was one of the many veterans the team brought in for tryouts during rookie minicamp, spent last season with the Chicago Bears. He appeared in 14 games, hauling in only 10 receptions for 70 yards. Morgan also had one touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6. Morgan appeared in 436 snaps for the Bears last season, grading out at a -5.9 overall, but had his biggest success in run blocking. Out of 163 running plays, Morgan graded out at a +3.0 overall, as per Pro Football Focus.

Morgan will turn 30 in June, and figures to give the young Saints wide receivers some legitimate competition. It’s hard to read much into the long-term impact for Morgan, but it’s not uncommon to see the Saints bring in veteran wide receivers to the mix. In 2013, the Saints brought in veterans Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton, and they even appeared in several preseason games. However, they didn’t make final cuts.

Morgan enters his eighth season in the NFL, and was originally a sixth round pick in the 2008 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. After playing his first four seasons with them, Morgan was picked up by the Washington Redskins on a five-year deal in 2012. However, after two seasons the Redskins dropped Morgan, and he’d eventually sign a one-year deal with Chicago.

With younger receivers set to contribute more for the Saints offense in 2015, Morgan will have to show plenty to crack the final 53-man roster.

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