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NEW ORLEANS Center Brian de la Puente signed his restricted free agent tender, bringing him onboard for the 2013 season, the Saints announced Tuesday.

De la Puente spent 2010 on the practice squad before moving into the starting role in 2011. He has started 28 games and two playoff contests.

The 6-foot-3, 306-pounder originally signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent from California in 2008. After time with the 49ers, de la Puente was with Kansas City, Seattle and Carolina before heading to New Orleans.

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