METAIRIE, La. ― The Saints agreed to terms with a bevy of players the past 24 hours, including linebackers Scott Shanle and Jo-Lonn Dunbar, both previously unknown prior to coach Sean Payton’s afternoon news conference.
Meanwhile, Eyewitness sports reporter Scott Cody is reporting that defensive back Randall Gay has been cut by the Saints, though he ultimately could re-up with the team.
Shanle, who was being courted by the St. Louis Rams among other teams, ultimately re-upped with the Saints, where he has been plying his trade since the team returned to the city in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina.
The ninth-year pro out of Nebraska was third on the team in tackles a season ago with 98 and he added three quarterback hits and three passes defensed. He began the season at strongside linebacker, but when Jonathan Casillas’ season ended with a Lis-franc foot injury, Shanle moved back to weakside, where he started 14 of 16 games.
Dunbar made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008 out of Boston College. He finished 2010 with 50 total tackles, including a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Payton also said special teams ace Chris Reis agreed to terms with the team.
Linebacker Danny Clark, meanwhile, tweeted Thursday evening that he was back in the fold, signing a new contract with the Saints.
In all, the Saints have agreed with seven unrestricted free agents – receiver Lance Moore, left tackle Jermon Bushrod, Reis, Dunbar, Shanle, Clark and cornerback Leigh Torrence – as well as three draft picks – defensive back Johnny Patrick, defensive end Greg Romeus and linebacker Nate Bussey.
--Bradley Handwerger, WWLTV.com Sports Writer