The New Orleans Saints brought in free-agent fullback Erik Lorig for a visit on Friday, a league source confirmed. Lorig, 27, has spent the past four years with the division-rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Saints are considering their options at fullback after they opted not to make a qualifying tender to restricted-free agent Jed Collins. However, New Orleans hasn’t ruled out the idea of bringing Collins back.
Lorig is a very similar player to Collins. He’s a bit taller at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. (Collins, 28, is 6-1, 255). And both of them have played similar roles -- part-time starters who serve as solid lead-blockers in the run game and occasional receivers out of the backfield.
Lorig has played in all but one game over the past three years, with a total of 23 starts. He has 30 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown in his career. He was drafted in the seventh round in 2010 as a defensive end before making the position switch midway through his rookie season.