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Saints Sign Veteran FB Jason McKie

Former Bears Adds Depth to Saints Backfield

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Monday that the club has signed free agent fullback Jason McKie to a one-year contract.

McKie is a veteran of eight NFL seasons, having played previously with the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. The 5-11, 247-pound graduate of Temple University spent the past seven seasons in Chicago, having played in a total of 88 career regular season games with 47 starts, having carried the ball 29 times for 84 yards and three touchdowns along with 68 receptions for 364 yards and three scores.

A native of Gulf Breeze, Fla., McKie first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002 and spent most of his rookie season on their practice squad. He then moved on to Dallas where he played one game before being waived and claimed by Chicago. A blocking specialist with pass-catching ability, McKie was the Bears' starting fullback for the past four seasons before being released by Chicago in March. He played in all 16 games for Chicago in 2009, starting 11, and caught five passes for 13 yards. *Loomis also announced that the club has waived running backCarlos Brown and safetyRyan Hamilton*, both of whom signed with the Saints last month as rookie free agents.

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