The New Orleans Saints upgraded their backfield this week with the signing of fullback Erik Lorig to a four-year deal according to Darren Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com. Lorig has been with the Buccaneers for four seasons and played a vital role in the early success of running back Doug Martin.
Lorig missed the 2013 preseason and Week 1 of the regular season due to a lingering calf injury, but was back in the starting lineup by Week 2. His return to action had a big impact on the Bucs' running game as Martin put up 144 yards on the ground, compared to only 65 rushing yards in the previous game when Lorig wasn’t leading the way.
According to a Tweet from Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com, Lorig’s new contract is worth $4.8 million:
Erik Lorig four-year Saints deal: $4.8 million, $1 million bonus, salaries $750K, $750K, $900K, $900K, annual $50,000 workout bonusThe veteran FB will provide a welcome boost to the New Orleans backfield as the consistently pass-first team recently traded away all-purpose RB Darren Sproles to the Eagles and opted to let FB Jed Collins go. So its likely the 6’4”, 250 pound Lorig will play a key role in the Saints’ revised running strategy next season, plowing the field for returning RBs Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram.
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 18, 2014
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