Gilmore was recently released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but spent the past three seasons with Tampa Bay. Prior to that, he spent six seasons with Chicago.
It’s a logical fit because New Orleans was carrying only two tight ends. Jimmy Graham is expected to be used mostly as a pass catcher and David Thomas has good versatility. But Gilmore is a blocking specialist who could be used when the Saints use two-tight-end formations.
Gilmore isn’t much of a threat as a receiver. He never has caught more than 15 passes in a season and has five career touchdowns.