One-time Wisconsin Badgers star Travis Beckum is getting one more shot in the NFL after missing all of 2013. The New Orleans Advocate reports that the New Orleans Saints have picked up the former third-round pick on a one-year deal.
Beckum last appeared in an NFL game in 2012 as a member of the Giants, but hasn’t caught a pass since 2011. The former Badger tore his ACL in February of 2012 and hasn’t been able to get his career back on track. He last got a shot with the Seahawks in 2013 but was cut before the start of camp.
Before signing on with the Saints, Beckum had a workout with the Bears. In 48 career games, Beckum has recorded 26 catches for 264 yards and 3 TDs.
Strictly a depth signing, Beckum joins the Saints to replace tight end Richard Quinn, who retired on Monday just six days after being signed by New Orleans. The reasons for Quinn’s sudden retirement remain mysterious but Travis Beckum doesn’t care, he just knows that Quinn leaving has earned him one final shot at making an NFL roster.
Beckum likely won’t make the roster but at least he gets the chance. He was considered a good receiving tight end coming out of Wisconsin but his career never took off with the Giants.