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The New Orleans Saints are planning to sign two veteran cornerbacks after working them out over the weekend.
According to a tweet from Dan Graziano of ESPN on Sunday, the longtime NFC South competitor is set to bring Prince Amukamara and KeiVarae Russell into the fold. Those signings won’t be finalized until the physicals check out, but that isn’t expected to be an issue.
Pending the results of physicals, the Saints are planning to sign veteran CBs Prince Amukamara and KeiVarae Russell off of Sunday’s workouts.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) August 1, 2021
Amukamara is clearly the bigger name of the two players. He was a first-round pick back in 2011 and has been a solid contributor for numerous teams throughout his 10-year career.
The Nebraska product spent five seasons with the Giants (2011-15), one season in Jacksonville (2016) and then three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2017-19). He signed with the Raiders in 2020, but eventually got cut and latched onto the Cardinals’ practice squad.
At 32 years old, Amukamara is nearing the end of his career, but he at least adds another seasoned veteran to that New Orleans cornerback group. As things sit, he’s only one start short of having 100 career starts.
Russell, on the other hand, is just 27 years old, but he hasn’t had the same level of success that Amukamara has had in his career. Though he was a third-round pick in 2016, the former Notre Dame defensive back has seldom played and doesn’t have a start under his belt at the NFL level.
The Saints is now the sixth team Russell has played for. He has also played for the Chiefs, Bengals, Chargers, Giants and Packers.
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