Associated press photos of new Saints kicker Josh Scobee.
The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have re-signed RB Travaris Cadet, K Kai Forbath, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, C/G Senio Kelemete and CB Kyle Wilson and signed K Josh Scobee. The announcements were made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Cadet, 6-1, 210, is a four-year NFL veteran who was originally signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State in 2012. After spending the first three seasons of his career in New Orleans, in 2015, he appeared in five games with New England and San Francisco before returning to the Saints for the final two contests, starting one, where he caught nine receptions for 146 yards (16.2 avg.) with a 44-yard touchdown, carried four times for 12 yards, returned three kickoffs for 94 yards (31.3 avg.) and brought back one punt for one yard. Overall in four NFL seasons, he's appeared in 48 games with two starts and has recorded 62 receptions for 559 yards (9.0 avg.) with three touchdowns, carried 22 times for 65 yards, has brought back 53 kickoffs for 1,387 yards (26.2 avg.) and has returned three punts for three yards. Cadet's career kickoff return average is ranked second in franchise history.
Forbath, 5-11, 197, returns to New Orleans for his second season after joining the club in Week Six during the 2015 season. The four-year NFL veteran has played in 51 career games and has booted 69-of-82 field goal attempts (84.1%) and has 331 career points. In 2015, after appearing in one contest for the Washington Redskins, Forbath played in 10 games for New Orleans connecting on 9-of-13 field goal attempts, including game-winning kicks against the New York Giants and at Atlanta Falcons, en-route to a team high 60 points.
Hoomanawanui (pronounced HO-oh-mah-nah-wah-noo-wee), 6-4, 265, was acquired in a trade from New England in Week Four of the 2015 season. After appearing in two games with no statistics to start the season with the Patriots, He played in 12 games with eight starts for New Orleans and registered 11 receptions for 76 yards and three touchdowns. In 73 career games with 47 starts, Hoomanawanui has recorded totals of 51 receptions for 594 yards and seven touchdowns in six NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams, Patriots and Saints. In seven postseason games, he's started five contests and has recorded nine receptions for 92 yards. The Bloomington, Ill. native was originally a fifth round pick (132nd overall) of the St. Louis Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois.
Kelemete, 6-3, 300, originally joined the New Orleans practice squad in Week Three of the 2013 season. In 2015, he appeared in every game and made the first five starts of his career, seeing action at four offensive line positions. The Seattle, Wash. native opened three contests at right guard, one at left guard and started the finale at Atlanta at left tackle, as part of a line that did not surrender a sack. Overall, Kelemete has played in 27 career games with five starts for the Saints and the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Washington.
Wilson, 5-10, 190, signed with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent in 2015 after spending his first five seasons with the New York Jets. He contributed on both defense and special teams, appearing in 15 games with four starts and recording 25 tackles (23 solo), one 20-yard interception return, three passes defensed, one special teams stop and one coverage fumble recovery. In 95 career games with 31 starts, Wilson has recorded 182 tackles (157 solo), one sack, four interceptions, 22 passes defensed, one forced fumble, 17 special teams stops and one coverage fumble recovery in six seasons. The Piscataway, N.J. native was originally the 29th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jets out of Boise State.
Scobee, 6-1, 200, is a veteran of 12 NFL seasons who was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (137th overall) out of Louisiana Tech in the 2004 NFL Draft and spent 11 seasons with the Jaguars. In 172 career games, Scobee has a career field goal percentage of 80.1% making 241 of 301 attempts. 256 of his 738 career kickoffs have sailed into the end zone for touchbacks. Among active NFL kickers he ranks ninth in field goals made and career points. In 2015, after being traded from Jacksonville to the Steelers for a sixth round draft pick, Scobee played in four games and was six of ten on field goal attempts and six of seven on extra points.