Saints sign kicker Derek Dimke to futures contract

Derek Dimke, who was among five free-agent kickers to work out for New Orleans in November, signed a 2014 futures/reserve contract with the Saints, the NFL said Thursday.

Futures/reserve contracts are for players who were not on an active roster when the regular season ended. They add players to a team’s expanded offseason roster.

Derek Dimke (University of Illinois photo)

Dimke — out of Illinois — was 6-of-7 for Tampa Bay and 2-of-2 for Detroit in the 2013 and 2012 preseasons, respectively, but he made neither team. He also spent some time with the New York Jets earlier in 2012 but didn’t make that team either.

After the Saints cut longtime kicker Garrett Hartley in December, they replaced him with veteran Shayne Graham, who worked out for the Saints alongside Dimke and three others.

Meanwhile, the NFL made the Saints’ signing of Canadian Football League cornerback Derrius Brooks to a 2014 futures/reserve contract official. Brooks signed with Cincinnati as an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky in 2012 but didn’t make the team. He subsequently joined the Calgary Stampeders, and he made 35 tackles and picked off three passes for that team this season.

The Saints grabbed defensive end Tom Johnson from the Stampeders, and he’s been on the team since 2011. The Stampeders’ assistant general manager, John Murphy, is from the New Orleans area.