Saints attempt to strike gold with another CFL player in Adam Bighill.
After cornerback Delvin Breaux became a standout starter for New Orleans in just his first season with the team (2015), the Saints have signed 5 other Canadian Football League players. Two of those players come via this past offseason, including defensive back Adam Bighill.
Bighill went undrafted in 2011 after playing 4 seasons for Central Washington University. Shortly thereafter, Bighill signed with the BC Lions of the CFL. Bighill finished with a phenomenal career with the Lions. He finished as a 4-time CFL All-Star and a 5-time CFL West All-Star. As a rookie, Bighill also helped BC win their 6th Grey Cup.
Adam Bighill Career CFL Statistics:
99 games, 489 tackles, 69 special team tackles, 33 sacks, 8 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 8 forced fumbles.
(All stats according to CFL.ca)
Bighill’s most impressive stats are his 33 sacks and 8 picks to compliment his very high volume of tackles. In Bighill’s 5th season, he led the CFL in tackles with 117. His wildly bright career with the Lions prompted the Saints to give work him out in December of last year. Less than a month later, Bighill signed a future/reserve contract with New Orleans.
Bighill’s spot on the team is not guaranteed whatsoever. The influx of linebacker signings by the Saints make it even more difficult for Bighill. The 5’10”, 230 pound 28-year old isn’t a long shot to make the roster, however. If his career in the CFL is any indication of his true potential in the NFL, Bighill can be a wrecking ball from the second level of the Saints’ defense. His potential of providing greater depth for the linebacking corps is priceless, as injuries and poor play have plagued New Orleans for years in that area. Here’s to Bighill impressing at camp, and following in Breaux’s footsteps of being a difference maker for the Saints after a steal CFL stint.