Saints restricted free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove has signed his tender offer, and the team announced that he’ll be back in New Orleans in 2010.
That Hargrove signed the tender is no surprise; it was reported yesterday that he would sign it today. But there was some talk that signing the tender would be the first step toward the Saints trading Hargrove, potentially to the Detroit Lions.
Now the Saints say that’s not in the plans. The team’s official announcement cites Saints Executive VP/General Manager Mickey Loomis as saying Hargrove will return to New Orleans for the 2010 season.
In 2009 Hargrove played in all 16 games for the Saints, starting six and recording five sacks. That represented a major comeback for a player who was suspended for the entire 2008 season for a third positive drug test.