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The Saints recently worked out WR Kris Durham

The Saints aren’t done looking at wide receivers.

During an appearance on Sirius XM Radio, former fourth-round pick Kris Durham said he recently worked out for New Orleans and the Dallas Cowboys.

The 6-foot-6, 216-pound receiver said he felt particularly good about his session with the Cowboys and is hoping for a call.

Durham, a product of Georgia, was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. He also spent time with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans.

He appeared in four games for the Titans last season, catching six passes for 54 yards. His best season came in 2013 when he caught 38 passes for 490 yards with two touchdowns for Detroit.

The Saints could use additional depth at wide receiver after trading Kenny Stills this offseason and declining to re-sign Robert Meachem. The team also lost Andy Tanner last week due to injury.

Report: Andrus Peat’s Saints contract worth $11.39 million guaranteed

Peat-GoodellAndrus Peat’s rookie contract with the Saints is fully guaranteed for $11.39 million, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson.

Peat, the 13th pick of the draft and the last of New Orleans’ nine picks to sign his contract, picked up a $6.55 million signing bonus.

Peat’s base salaries in his first four seasons, according to Wilson, will increase steadily over the life of the contract.

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: $952,886
2017: $1,470,000
2018: $1,988,000

Peat’s deal includes a fifth-year option for the Saints, a standard option for all first-round picks that the team must exercise between his third and fourth season in the league.

If the Saints decide to pick up the option, Peat will pick up a salary in his fifth season that is the average of the third-through-25th highest salary at his position.

Andy Tanner returns to injured reserve

Andy Tanner is still a member of the New Orleans Saints — for now.

After being released Wednesday with an injury designation, the wide receiver cleared waivers and will now be placed on injured reserve.

The nature of Tanner’s injury is not yet known.

The transaction is the 55th one Tanner has been involved with since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Only 39 of the moves have been of significance.

Tanner spent last season on injured reserve after becoming injured in training camp.

Kaleb Eulls contract details

Here are undrafted defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls’ contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: $525,000
2017: $615,000

Signing bonus: $10,000
Total guarantee: $15,000 ($5,000 of his 2015 base is guaranteed)
Total: Three years, $1.585 million

Andrus Peat agrees to rookie deal

The Saints have locked up all the members of their rookie class.

Andrus Peat, the last remaining unsigned player, agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday afternoon, the team announced.

Terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.

Peat, an offensive tackle, was selected with the 13th overall pick. He worked primarily at right tackle during rookie minicamp and is expected to compete with Zach Strief and Terron Armstead for snaps.

Due to Stanford having a late graduation date, Peat will miss some of the team’s offseason program. Coach Sean Payton said efforts would be made to keep him up to speed by sending materials digitally and video chatting.

Peat started 27 games of the last two seasons and spent last year at left tackle. Stanford’s offense averaged 158.8 rushing yards per game last season.

The Associated Press named Peat a second-team All-American last season. He was also an All-Pac 12 first-team selection.

Former Saints safety Marcus Ball signs with Carolina Panthers

Marcus Ball, the CFL find who landed a spot with New Orleans last season, has found a new home.

A week after the Saints released him, Ball has signed with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Thursday morning.

Ball, who made his mark in two seasons playing for the Toronto Argonauts, was signed by the Saints last year and played in 12 games, spending most of his time on special teams.

Due to injuries, Ball ended up playing 98 snaps on defense and made 16 tackles in his one season in New Orleans.

R.J. Harris contract details

Here are undrafted free agent wide receiver R.J. Harris’ contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: $525,000
2017: $615,000

Signing bonus: $5,400
Total guarantee: $5,400
Total: Three years, $1,580,400

Garrett Grayson contract details

Here are Garrett Grayson’s contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: 589,573
2017: $744,146
2018: $898,719

Singing bonus: $733,168
Total guarantee: $733,168
Total: Four years, $3,400,606

Stephone Anthony contract details

Here are Stephone Anthony’s contract details, according to a source:

Base salaries
2015: $435,000
2016: $786,442
2017: $1,137,884
2018: $1,087,150

Signing bonus: $3,883,068
Other bonuses: $402,176 roster bonus in 2018
Total guarantee: $6,242,394 (base salaries are fully guaranteed in 2015, 2016, 2017)
Total: Four years, $7,731,270

Saints release WR Andy Tanner; sign OL Mike McGlynn

Andy Tanner has been involved in so many roster moves during his time with the Saints, it’s hard to ever call it the end.

If Wednesday’s release is the final one the wide receiver is involved with, his tenure in New Orleans will be most remembered for the number of times his name has come across the transaction wire.

Dating back to 2010, when he first hooked on with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Midwestern State, Tanner has been involved in at least 38 roster moves of significance, bouncing back and forth and off and on the practice squad.

However, officially, he has been involved in a total of 54 transactions or status changes.

To take his place on the roster, New Orleans agreed to terms with offensive lineman Mike McGlynn, who spent last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City traded with New Orleans to acquire guard Ben Grubbs this offseason to take McGlynn’s place on the line.

McGlynn also spent time with Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia.

The 30-year-old guard allowed 18 hurries, four hits, and six sacks over 14 games last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Grubbs, meanwhile, allowed 27 hurries, six hits and one sack last season.

New Orleans has said that Tim Lelito is the leader entering camp to take over for Grubbs at left guard. Senio Kelemete is another option at the spot.

The Saints have spent a lot of resources to improve the offensive line this offseason. They acquired All-Pro center Max Unger as part of the trade that sent tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle, and used the No. 13 pick in the draft to select tackle Andrus Peat.

Quarterback Drew Brees was sacked only 30 times last season, the ninth-fewest in the NFL, but he faced more pressure than usual. The quarterback was pressured on 32.9 percent of his dropbacks, up from 29.3 percent in 2013 and 28.6 percent in 2012.

ESPN’s Field Yates first reported this news.