After the Saints chose to not tender restricted free agent fullback Jed Collins, they visited with free agent fullback Erik Lorig, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Sunday afternoon.
The Advocate is trying to confirm the report.
Lorig, who most recently played with the Buccaneers, is seen as one of the best players available in free agency at his position. He’s been praised for blocking well for a Tampa Bay rushing attack that managed to gain more than 100 yards per contest despite losing its best running back, Doug Martin, to a season-ending shoulder injury six games into the 2013 campaign.
All of Lorig’s touches in the NFL have been receptions. In four seasons with the Bucs, he’s caught 30 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown.
Collins, meanwhile, is a top-class fullback, too. He has missed just one game in his three seasons with New Orleans and has shown he can block on runs and passes.
He can be counted on to pick up tough short-yardage first downs and does well catching screens. He’s caught four touchdowns and rushed for three scores during his time in New Orleans.
The lowest tender Collins could’ve been offered would’ve been worth a relatively hefty $1.32 million because of his experience. A tender gives teams the opportunity to match any offer sheet a restricted free agent might sign to retain the player.