Yesterday, the Saints came to a contract agreement with former Cincinnati Bengals safety and defensive back Kevin Kaesviharn. In 2006, Kaesviharn intercepted six passes in a limited role that grew into more playing time with the Bungals (I misspelled that on purpose 'cause I'm whitty like that).
In 14 games with the Bengals last year, Kaesviharn tallied 64 tackles, 50 solo. He had six interceptions and one forced fumble. He should fit in nicely in the Saints defensive backfield, as second-year safety Roman Harper, an alum out of Alabama and the Saints' second-round pick in 2006, nurses himself back to the field after suffering a torn ACL.
Welcome, Kevin, and I hope you enjoy your stay in New Orleans.
In other news, the Saints have met with former Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram. During 2006, Engram caught 24 balls for a whopping 209 yards and one touchdown.
The Saints also have set up a meeting with former Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokely. Stokely is a native of Louisiana, as he attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette during his college days. Hurt most of last year, Stokely only grabbed 8 receptions for 85 yards in 4 games. However, Brandon has proven during his time in Indy that he can get open over the middle and underneath the defense and isn't afraid of taking a lick. If he is recovered from his injuries, he would be the third wideout and slot receiver in the rotation, and would probably stick around to finish out his career as a Saint.
One more note: The Saints have set up a meeting with former Chargers, Buccaneers and Jaguars wide receiver Keenan McCardell. In 2006, McCardell had 36 catches for 437 yards in 14 games and no touchdowns. McCardell is 37 right now, and he's basically been the AFC's version of Joe Horn. I know Joe will never be replaced, but McCardell wears #87 and is 37 years old...I'm just sayin', that's all.
The Saints do need veteran leadership at the wide receiver position, and I'm not convinced that Terrance Copper should be counted on to contribute in 2007. I'd much rather see the Saints sign two of these guys, and the two I would want them to acquire are Stokely and Engram, who can still be productive. However, don't be surprised if the Saints grab a wideout with one of their 6 picks in the first 145 picks of the 2007 NFL Draft. That's a pretty good percentage of the best players in the Draft, and given last year's success of Sean Payton's first class, this one should be that much better. I'm looking forward to it. You should be, too.