Photos of Akiem Hicks from the 2014 season. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)
The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have acquired New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui(pronounced HO-oh-mah-nah-wah-noo-wee) in exchange for defensive end Akiem Hicks. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Hoomanawanui (6-4, 265), was a fifth round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams (132nd overall) in 2010 out of the University of Illinois. The six-year NFL veteran has appeared in 61 career games with 39 starts and had recorded 40 receptions for 518 yards (13.0 avg.) with four touchdowns. Signed by New England in 2012 after spending his first two seasons with the Rams, the Bloomington, Ill. native appeared in all 16 regular season games with 12 starts for the Super Bowl XLIX Champions in 2014, recording three receptions for 44 yards. He then played in all three postseason games with two starts and recorded six receptions for 53 yards.
Hicks (6-5, 324 pounds), was selected by New Orleans in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Regina (Sask.). He played in 48 games with 33 starts and recorded 164 tackles (92 solo), 6.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble.