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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Saints' wide receiver Joe Morgan is re-signed

By on 3/19/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Saints re-signed wide receiver Joe Morgan reports Michael David Smith of NBC Sports. The one-year contract will keep Morgan, who has spent his entire career with the squad, in New Orleans.

Photo by David Reber via Wikimedia

The 25-year old injured his left knee last summer in a Saturday scrimmage benching him for the entire 2013 season. The actual diagnosis per coach Sean Payton was a torn meniscus and partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.

Morgan, an undrafted free agent out of NAIA Walsh University, has had to spend two full seasons on injured reserve early in his career. After a spectacular rookie preseason in 2011, he was on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.

Going into his third year as a pro last season it was expected he would be a regular behind veterans Lance Moore and Marques Colston.

In a limited role in 2012, Morgan caught 10 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns (an astounding 37.9-yard average). That performance was strong enough that the Saints allowed Devery Henderson to leave in free agency, making Morgan the No. 3 receiver.

In other news Morgan has agreed to complete a diversion program to avoid prosecution on a DWI charge from last summer.

If Morgan proves he can fully recover from the torn ACL that sidelined him all of last season, he will have a shot to compete for the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver spot in New Orleans. Morgan brings the dynamic speed element that the Saints were missing last year in his absence.


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