New Orleans Saints sign defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove
Restricted Free Agent Anthony Hargrove (DL) signs New Orleans Saints deal
April 5, 2010 - New Orleans, Louisiana -
Restricted free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove has signed the qualifying offer with the New Orleans Saints and will play in New Orleans for the 2010 season.
Anthony Hargrove, 6-3, 272-pound defensive lineman can play any position on the defensive line; outside, defensive end or inside, defensive tackle.
The Saints signed Anthony Hargrove as a free agent last offseason (2009) and he played in all 16 regular-season games, starting six. In his inaugural season with the New Orleans Saints, Anthony Hargrove made 63 tackles, with 29 solo tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Anthony Hargrove was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Week Nine victory over the Carolina Panthers with four tackles, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, scooping one of them up and running one yard into the end zone for a touchdown. The 26-year-old Anthony Hargrove also played in all three of the Saints’ postseason contests, making 15 tackles.
Also in 2009, Anthony Hargrove was voted by his teammates as the club’s winner of the Ed Block Courage Award after coming back from a year-long suspension to be a significant contributor to the Super Bowl XLIV champions.
Anthony Hargrove, a five-year veteran out of Georgia Tech was picked in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.
For his career, Anthony Hargrove has played in 73 games – starting 25 of them – and made 255 tackles with 15˝ sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered five.
The New Orleans Saints were expected to draft a defensive end early in the NFL draft this year; however, With the signing of Anthony Hargrove, the Saints are now less desperate now to replace waived defensive end Charles Grant, but still may pick a defensive end early in the NFL draft. The New Orleans Saints first pick in the 2010 NFL draft will probably be a Linebacker to replace Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns.