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ScottyRo 04-25-2003 12:50 PM

Saints Sign Whitehead

The New Orleans Saints have made a subtle yet crucial move on Friday that they've been hoping to nail down for months.

Saints coach Jim Haslett has told that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year deal with valuable unrestricted free agent Willie Whitehead. The Saints defensive lineman started 10 games last year at left defensive end for the Saints and tallied 41 tackles with three sacks.

Re-signing Whitehead and preventing him from leaving via free agency was an offseason priority because of his ability to play defensive end or tackle.

"He was a starter for us last year and can play multiple positions and he's a guy we wanted back from the get go," said Haslett. "If you look at his playing time compared to how many sacks he has, the percentage is very high. He's very productive when he's on the field."

Whitehead, entering his fifth season, has 125 career tackles and 17½ sacks.

"We've been working on it for a while," said the coach. "Now that we have a guy who can play inside and at end this will open up more avenues tomorrow (in the draft)."

rodjmaw 04-25-2003 01:18 PM

Saints Sign Whitehead
:D UNEXPECTED!!! Looking good for the saints, but how much did it cost?

rusta 04-25-2003 06:31 PM

Saints Sign Whitehead
3 years 3 million with a 500,000 signing bonus
worth it
good good good move
i was afraid we would let him go

rusta 04-25-2003 07:22 PM

Saints Sign Whitehead
i think faine will be there in the early second
if we target faine we should trade down and get an early second to get him
no way should we spend a 1 rounder on faine

i do like him though, he\'s solid player

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