This is interesting: the New Orleans Saints signed former Carolina Panthers cornerback Troy Pride Jr. to a reserve/future contract, per the Score’s Jordan Schultz. Pride was a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft who dealt with a series of injuries early in his career, but now he’s back in football and looking to compete for a job over the summer.
Good for him. The Saints have taken flyers on players in similar circumstances recently like safety Justin Evans, who ended up on the field in some critical situations for them in 2022. If Pride’s body can hold up, he has the physical tools to be an asset in black and gold. He timed the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds flat at 5-foot-11 1/2 and 193 pounds, but we’ll see whether he’s retained that athleticism after a serious knee injury ended his Panthers career.
New Orleans enters the 2023 offseason running deep in the secondary. Marshon Lattimore, Bradley Roby, Alontae Taylor, and Paulson Adebo are all returning at cornerback, as is practice squad corner Vincent Gray, with free agents like Chris Harris Jr. and Isaac Yiadom hoping to be re-signed. Competition for that fifth spot on the depth chart will be something to watch.