NFL News: New Orleans Saints give veteran John Kuhn one-year deal

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John Kuhn to play for New Orleans Saints (Twitter/John Kuhn)

John Kuhn was given a one-year deal by the New Orleans Saints worth the veteran’s minimum. The latest NFL news confirms Kuhn’s move from the Green Bay Packers where he has played the last nine seasons.

ESPN confirmed the Kuhn to Saints signing with the team looking for back-ups to full back Austin Johnson, who is suffering from an unspecified knee injury and Sione Houma, an undrafted rookie.

“[John Kuhn] loved his time there, but he wanted to play. This was an opportunity, and coach [Sean] Payton was excited to know he was available and wanted to play. It’s bittersweet, but it’s also a great opportunity,” Kevin Gold, Kuhn’s agent, said in the report.

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“At this point in my career, I want to play because I still enjoy it, I still love it, I’m still in shape, I’m still ready to go. I [just] want to be on a team that I think can go somewhere and do some damage,” Kuhn previously stated when he was still without an NFL team.

Kuhn played all 16 regular season games last season for the Packers mainly as a short-yardage threat and as a lead blocker. For his career, that also included a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, he has a total of 619 rushing yards and 572 receiving yards with 23 total touchdowns.

Kuhn thanked his Packers fans via social media.

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“#DearPackerNation, I wanted to bid farewell the right way!,” the 33-year-old veteran posted with a letter to Green Bay fans.

Image credit: Twitter/John Kuhn

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