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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saints adding tight end John Gilmore

By Pat Yasinskas

The New Orleans Saints will sign veteran tight end John Gilmore, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Ironically, he was drafted by the Saints in 2002, but never played for the team.

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.