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November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A New Orleans Saints helmet on the field prior to kickoff of a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

CFL star Chris Williams signs with New Orleans Saints


The New Orleans Saints continue to explore other options at the wide receiver spot, as they haven’t gotten much production their outside of Marques Colston.

In hopes of adding another playmaker for Drew Brees to throw to, the team has agreed to a deal with former Canadian Football League star receiver/kick returner Chris Williams.


Williams, 25, got NFL looks with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico State in 2009. But it was in the CFL where he made his mark, scoring a team-record 17 touchdowns last year (11 receiving, five on punt returns and one on a missed field goal return) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The six return touchdowns set a CFL record.

The dynamic 5-foot-8, 175-pounder was named the league’s top rookie in 2011 with 70 catches for 1,064 receiving yards and six touchdowns, plus another 333 return yards. Then last year Williams caught 83 passes for 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns and led the CFL with 78 punt returns for 1,117 yards and five touchdowns.

It’s not clear yet if Williams will join the practice squad or the active roster.


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