Report: Saints close to signing McKenzie

The Saints reportedly are close to bringing back longtime New Orleans cornerback Mike McKenzie.

McKenzieThe move comes as the Saints have been hit hard by injuries in the secondary in recent weeks. Starting cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter sat out Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Randall Gay, who moved into a starting role along with rookie Malcolm Jenkins, had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

Gay said after Sunday's win that he hopes to be able to play next Monday against New England. The Saints also are hopeful that Greer and Porter may be ready for that game, but they’re not taking any chances.

McKenzie left the team after last season and some thought his career might be over because of age and knee problems. But McKenzie has continued to work out. And although the Saints have switched defensive schemes under new coordinator Gregg Williams, McKenzie likely would be able to pick up the system quickly.

The Saints also brought in veteran cornerback Chris McAlister last week. McAlister was inactive Sunday and coach Sean Payton said the veteran still was working his way into "football shape."