Saints sign six to 'futures' contracts

The New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday they have signed six players to futures contracts for 2012.

They have signed defensive tackle Mitch King, cornerback Kmaal McIlwain, receiver Andy Tanner, running back Chris Taylor, offensive tackle Phil Trautwein and offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou.

All of them spent at least a part of 2011 on the Saints’ practice squad. King was on the active roster for the first three games and spent the remainder of the year on the team’s practice squad.