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At age 27, Vincent Brown now Saints' oldest WR by far

The New Orleans Saints are signing former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

Brown, 27, gives the Saints a veteran presence they were lacking after releasing Marques Colston earlier this offseason. The Saints’ second oldest receiver, Reggie Bell, just turned 24 this month.

However, it’s hard to expect too much from Brown, whose promising career was derailed by injuries in both 2012 and 2014. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder had just 13 catches for 140 yards and zero touchdowns over the past two years while bouncing around from the Oakland Raiders to the Indianapolis Colts to San Diego.

Brown will have to really impress this summer to crack the Saints’ receiving rotation, which is expected to be led by Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, second-round draft pick Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman.

But if Brown does earn his way in, there is no better offense for a wide receiver to revive his career.

Brown was originally a third-round draft choice of the Chargers out of San Diego State in 2011. He had 19 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. Then he missed the entire 2012 season after fracturing his ankle during the preseason.

He came back with 41 catches for 472 yards and a touchdown in 2013, but then he was released in the summer of 2014 after suffering a calf strain.

Brown auditioned for the Saints last week with a group of veterans that included Hakeem Nicks and Denarius Moore.