Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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The Saints finally got one of their own.

Linebacker and special teams ace Ramon Humber became the first of 12 Saints free agents who hit the open market to re-sign with the team.

The one-year contract, announced by New Orleans Friday morning, keeps in-house one of the team's most reliable defensive backups and kickoff and punt coverage specialists.

Since signing with the Saints in 2010, Humber has more than 30 special teams tackles, including 13 in 2012.

'There is always room for growth and improvement, even as a five-year veteran,' Humber said. 'Now that I'm back my emphasis will be the same, to do whatever I can do to help the saints and continue to improve, whether it is on special teams or as a linebacker.'

A season ago, he started three games and played in all 16, finishing with 24 tackles and a half of a sack. He started New Orleans' division playoff game at Seattle and finished with a postseason career-best seven tackles.

The Saints already had signed kicker Shayne Graham and linebacker Keyunta Dawson prior to free agency. And New Orleans picked up bit-ticket safety Jairus Byrd the day free agency opened.

But New Orleans watched as safety Malcolm Jenkins signed with Philadelphia. The team also said it would not re-sign linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Last year's special teams captain, Will Herring, had agreed on a deal with Dallas on Thursday. On Friday, however, ESPN reported that the two sides had changed their minds.

That leaves eight players remaining on the market tackles Zach Strief and Charles Brown, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, center Brian de la Puente, linebacker Parys Haralson, quarterback Luke McCown, receiver Robert Meachem and defensive back Jordan Pugh.

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