Free agent WR Joe Morgan enters diversion program after DWI charge


Wide receiver Joe Morgan didn’t get tendered by the Saints as a restricted free agent, leaving him free to sign with any team in the league.

There were a couple of big obstacles to Morgan getting another job. One was a 2013 DWI charge that carried possible jail time if Morgan was convicted in a trial, but that no longer appears to be an issue. Ramon Antonio Vargas of the Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Morgan has entered a diversion program that will employ monitoring, counseling and other social services to help him avoid future trouble instead of going through a trial.

That leaves the knee injury that wiped out Morgan’s 2013 season as a major impediment to the next step of his NFL career. It was the second serious knee injury in the last three years for Morgan, whose speed appeared to have on track to nab a good-sized role in the Saints receiving corps last season.

Now, though, Morgan will have to show his game-breaking speed hasn’t abandoned him after the second knee injury in order to find a spot for the 2014 season.