New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Tuesday the club has signed free agent linebackers Chris Grahamand William Kershaw, as well as defensive back Tuff Harris.
Graham, a 5-11, 225-pound linebacker, is a rookie free agent from the University of Michigan. He was a four-year letterman and a two-year starter for the Wolverines, opening 20 of 46 career games on the college level. The Indianapolis native was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior and tallied 163 career tackles along with one sack, two fumble recoveries and six pass defenses in splitting time between the middle and weakside linebacker spots.
Harris (6-0, 198) is a first-year player who spent the 2007 season with the Miami Dolphins, splitting time between the practice squad and active roster. After being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Montana, he was waived at the end of the preseason and then joined the practice squad. The Dolphins signed him to their active roster for their final seven games of the season, but Harris was inactive for five and did not play in one other before making his regular season NFL debut in the season finale. He was waived by the Dolphins in April.
A college cornerback who transitioned to safety in Miami, Harris tallied 170 tackles, six interceptions and 18 pass defenses at Montana. He also displayed skill as a punt returner, averaging 13.8 yards on 71 career returns with three touchdowns. The 24-year-old Colstrip, Montana native will see his first action with the Saints in the team's minicamp that begins Friday.
Kershaw (6-3, 240) is also a first-year player who has had stints with four NFL clubs since first being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. The athletic linebacker has played in three career regular season games, making one tackle on special teams, and also made three special teams tackles in Kansas City's AFC Wild Card appearance following the '06 season.
The University of Maryland product was waived by the Chiefs early in the 2007 season and had two stints on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad sandwiched around a three-week span on the 53-man roster of the Houston Texans that saw him play in one game. He spent a portion of the 2008 offseason with the Denver Broncos before being waived in April.
Loomis also announced that the team has waived linebacker Luke Sandersand safety Rocky Schwartz, each of whom signed with the Saints as undrafted free agents following last month's draft.