Delvin Breaux, a standout cornerback in the CFL who worked out for 13 NFL teams, has reached an agreement with his hometown New Orleans Saints, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Breaux, 25, was highly recruited out of New Orleans' McDonogh 35 Senior High School but suffered three broken vertebrae in his back and a partially blocked artery while covering a kick in high school in 2006. Breaux has said in the past that a doctor who treated him told him he should have died on the field.
Breaux lost his opportunity to play in college, but he was discovered by the CFL after a long recovery while playing arena football for the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena Football League.
At 6-foot-1 and 196 pounds, Breaux is known for his physicality and cover skills. Breaux finished with 33 tackles, five pass breakups, and three forced fumbles for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last season. He also notched his first career interception, which he returned 27 yards for a score. He reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.
Breaux worked out for the Saints on Friday, and the Tiger-Cats agreed to let him out of his contract so he didn't have to wait until Feb. 10 to sign with a NFL team.
The Saints have shown a willingness to take a chance on CFL prospects in the past. Marcus Ball made the roster last year as a part-time safety and special teamer. And defensive tackle Tom Johnson was a heavy part of New Orleans' defensive rotation for three years before joining the Minnesota Vikings last season.
It's probably a long shot to expect Breaux to step in right away and compete for a starting job. But the Saints' cornerback position is a bit of a free-for-all right now behind No. 1 corner Keenan Lewis.
The Saints went through three different No. 2 cornerbacks last year (Patrick Robinson, Corey White and Terrence Frederick) while struggling mightily in the secondary throughout the season. Second-round draft pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste barely saw the field, but coaches described him as more of a long-term developmental project and still hope for better things to come.
Information from ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams and ESPN's Adam Caplan was used in this report.