The New Orleans Saints announced Sunday that they have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with unrestricted free agent cornerback Randall Gay. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Gay, a 5-11, 190-pound defensive back comes home to Louisiana after spending the first four years of his professional career with the New England Patriots. The Brusly, La. native and former LSU Tiger has played in 39 regular season NFL games, making 14 starts, along with six postseason games since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
"Randall is a player we targeted early on in this free agent market and we're extremely pleased to be able to bring him on board," Loomis said. "He's a very talented player that has demonstrated throughout his football career that he is a winner and we're confident he will prove to be an asset to our defense."
The four-year veteran has played in two Super Bowls in his young career and earned a ring following his rookie season with a win in Super Bowl XXXIX, a game in which he made 11 solo tackles. He has recorded 83 career tackles and five interceptions, along with 14 pass defenses, forced a fumble and recovered three, returning two of the fumbles for touchdowns.
Gay enjoyed the best statistical year of his career in 2007, intercepting three passes and knocking down seven others, to go along with 33 tackles. He also forced a fumble and scooped up the loose ball to return it 15 yards for a touchdown. Playing in three additional postseason contests, Gay tallied eight tackles, two pass defenses and a forced fumble. The 25-year old cornerback played in all 19 games for New England after seeing his 2005 and 2006 seasons cut short by ankle and hamstring injuries, respectively.
A champion on the collegiate and pro levels, Gay was part of the 2003 BCS National Championship team at LSU and completed his career in Baton Rouge with 123 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and 28 pass defenses in 42 games.