Saints bring back Bobby McCray

There have been some early reports out there about the New Orleans Saints making some moves. The team just made it official, announcing they have re-signed defensive end Bobby McCray to a one-year contract and signed fifth-round draft choice Matt Tennant.

The Saints also waived linebackers Harry Coleman and Sam Maxwell, defensive end Brandon Sharpe and cornerback Marcell Young.

McCray wound up starting late last season after Charles Grant was injured. Known as a pass rusher, McCray didn’t have great production last season and a contract that included a big bonus made him expendable in the offseason. His new contract is for one year and it’s believed to be for a lot less than his old deal.

The Saints added defensive ends Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson in the offseason. With Will Smith as the other starter, McCray is likely to be used in some sort of rotation with Brown and Wilkerson, who are known as solid run defenders, but not prolific pass rushers. It may come to a situation where Brown or Wilkerson play in run situations and McCray comes in on passing downs.

Tennant is expected to provide depth behind center Jonathan Goodwin and also could get some work as a backup guard. Still nothing official on the Saints signing quarterback Patrick Ramsey to serve as the backup to Drew Brees, but all indications are that will happen sometime in the next few days.