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tiggerpolice 06-18-2005 11:10 PM

Saints again make offer to WR Hakim
Saints again make offer to WR Hakim
Saturday, June 18, 2005
By Mike Triplett
Staff writer
The Saints are optimistic that they will add free-agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim to the roster after the veteran's deal with the Kansas City Chiefs fell through Friday.

The Saints made a contract offer to the seven-year veteran before he agreed to terms with the Chiefs last week. Apparently, Hakim and the Chiefs could not come together on money and playing-time guarantees and decided to part ways.

"Az and his agent got together, and they really felt his best situation was not here for him," said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, who said the Saints were offering more money and that the Chiefs could not guarantee a roster spot. "I told you all along that I wanted what was best for him, and I think he's going to end up in New Orleans."

Details of the Saints' offer are unknown. Hakim's agent, Bruce Tollner, could not be reached for comment.

The Saints sent a contract offer to Hakim by overnight Friday, but haven't officially reached an agreement.

"I don't have anything confirmed yet, but we'd love to have him," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said.

The Saints have been seeking a veteran this offseason to compete with Devery Henderson, among others, for the third receiver job.

Hakim, 28, has averaged 40 catches, 550 yards and four touchdowns over the past six seasons, mostly as a third receiver for the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams. Hakim, 5 feet 10, 189 pounds, also has been a top punt returner.

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Mike Triplett can be reached at or (504) 826-3381.

AllSaints 06-19-2005 12:06 AM

RE: Saints again make offer to WR Hakim
i hope they dont sign him ...

WhoDat 06-20-2005 09:34 AM

RE: Saints again make offer to WR Hakim
Great, so is he coming to NO for more money, or more money AND a roster guarantee. That's insane. Horn, Stallworth, Hakim, and then Devery... then the Saints have to choose b/w Poole, Gardner, and M. Lewis for one spot? Seems dumb to me.

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