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New Orleans Saints announce roster moves

Posted Aug 12, 2017

Former Tulane receiver Xavier Rush one of five new players

The New Orleans Saints announced Saturday, Aug. 12 that they have signed tight end/long snapper Braedon Bowman, defensive back Malik Foreman, defensive tackle John Hughes III, defensive end Jason Jones and wide receiver Xavier Rush. They have waived defensive back Dejaun Butler, wide receiver Rashad Lawrence, kicker Patrick Murray, safety Robenson Therezie and waived/injured DT Devaroe Lawrence. The announcements were made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bowman, 6 feet 4, 240 pounds, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Alabama in 2016. In his rookie season, he played in three games for the New York Jets and recorded no statistics. The Mesa, Ariz., native transferred to South Alabama in 2014 after playing two years at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College and in two seasons finished with 95 receptions for 1,411 yards and 13 touchdowns in 23 contests with 10 starts.

Foreman, 5-10, 190, played at the University of Tennessee from 2013-16, where he participated in 44 games and finished his college career with 71 tackles (58 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 17 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He played in nine games with seven starts for the Volunteers as a senior in 2016, recording 26 tackles (22 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and four passes defensed. The Kingsport, Tenn., native graduated in December 2016 with a degree in sport management.

Hughes, 6-2, 320, is a five-year NFL veteran who joins the Saints after stints with the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Originally a third round selection (87th overall) of the Browns in 2012 NFL Draft out of Cincinnati, the Gahanna, Ohio native has appeared in 58 career games with 10 starts and has career totals of 129 tackles (70 solo), 5.5 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. In 2016, he appeared in six games combined with Cleveland (one) and Tampa Bay (five) and finished with six tackles (five solo) for the Buccaneers.

Jones, 6-5, 278, is a nine-year NFL veteran who was originally selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft (54th overall) by the Tennessee Titans out of Eastern Michigan. He has played in 109 games with 70 starts for the Titans (2008-11), Seattle Seahawks (2012), Detroit Lions (2013-15) and Miami Dolphins (2016) and has recorded career totals of 211 tackles (155 solo), 31.5 sacks, 26 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Jones spent the 2016 season in Miami and played in 14 games with five starts, recording 36 tackles (22 solo), 3.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.

Rush, 6-3, 202, is a Terry, Miss., native who played at Tulane from 2011-14, recording career totals of 99 receptions for 1,349 yards with 12 touchdowns. Rush, had 15 receptions for 295 yards (19.7 avg.) and three touchdowns in seven games during his senior season in 2014 before suffering a knee injury. As a sophomore in 2012, he finished with 43 receptions for 520 yards and five touchdowns.