The Saints have signed defensive back/linebacker Erik Harris to a futures deal. He is a former teammate of Delvin Breaux from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
All it took was one workout and likely a little positive influence from cornerback Delvin Breaux for the New Orleans Saints to sign Erik Harris, who reunites with Breaux in the Big Easy. CFL football reporter Justin Dunk said the Saints were Harris’ only workout and that he signed immediately after.
If you remember, the Saints signed Breaux right after his workout in January of 2015. Head coach Sean Payton said he couldn’t let him leave the building because it was the best workout he had ever seen from a cornerback.
Unlike Breaux, Erik Harris is not a New Orleans native. He comes from New Oxford, PA, where he was born and attended high school before playing collegiately at California University of Pennsylvania.
At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Harris is listed as a defensive back in the CFL, but evidently, he played linebacker, according to Justin Dunk. He could bulk up a bit, but he does indeed have the necessary size to play weakside linebacker, which is arguably the Saints’ biggest need this offseason with Dannell Ellerbe’s health and future in question. Harris’ safety/coverage experience in college certainly doesn’t hurt.
Erik Harris is the 12th player the Saints have signed to a reserve/futures deal since their 2015 season came to a disappointing end. Wide receiver Kyle Prater, who spent last season’s training camp with New Orleans, was also signed Tuesday afternoon.
Check out this highlight tape of Harris in the CFL. Despite what the tape says, he’s listed as 6-foot-3, 225 pounds.
In three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Harris totaled 79 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, a touchdown, four forced fumbles, while adding 27 special teams tackles in the process.