New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Wednesday the team has signed WR Montez Billingsand LB Sam Maxwellafter the two players participated in the club's rookie minicamp over the weekend on a tryout basis.
Billings, a 6-1, 181 pound wideout, comes to New Orleans following four years at Auburn, where he finished with 55 catches for 645 yards and one touchdown. In 2008, he finished second on the Tigers in receiving with 24 catches for 277 yards. In 2007, he had 28 grabs for 321 yards with one touchdown after moving into the starting lineup midway through the season.
Maxwell, 6-2, 244, was a four-year letterman at Kentucky who moved into the starting lineup at strongside linebacker as a senior in 2009, setting a school record for interceptions by a linebacker with six picks, ranked second in the Southeastern Conference overall. He recorded 80 tackles, including 5.5 stops for a loss, two forced fumbles and seven pass defenses. In four years with the Wildcats, he made 138 stops, one sack, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles and 11 pass defenses. Maxwell graduated with a degree in family science.
Loomis also announced that the team has waived LB Jason Beauchampand WR Chris Bell. Both players had previously signed with the club as undrafted free agents.