The New Orleans Saints signed a pair of free agent offensive linemen Tuesday, adding to the roster center Rob Huntand guard Isaiah Ross. Both players recently completed a season playing with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football league. The signings were announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Hunt, a 6-4, 301-pound product of North Dakota State, is a former fifth-round draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts in 2005. He spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons on the practice squad of the Denver Broncos and was later signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he played in the 2007 preseason. The native of Cavalier, North Dakota can also play guard and played two seasons in NFL Europe (Rhein, 2006 and Berlin, 2007) prior to the 2008 campaign with the AFL's VooDoo.
Ross (6-3, 320) has spent the last two springs playing indoors in the Arena League, 2007 with the Nashville Kats and '08 with the VooDoo. Playing indoors, Ross caught 14 passes for 140 yards and five touchdowns in addition to his blocking duties for the VooDoo during the 2008 season. He first signed out of the University of Nevada as a rookie free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2004 and went on to start 10 games for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 2005.
In a corresponding move, the Saints also waived offensive linemen Marquay Loveand Carnell Stewart, both of whom were signed earlier this offseason.