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GMoney2600
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Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Smart move imo. You can probably pencil him in as our #6 CB again. LINK

One of the New Orleans Saints’ free agents is signed.

On Monday, the team signed defensive back and special teams contributor Justin Hardee to a one year contract, according to a report from FOX 8 Television.

Hardee was set to become an exclusive rights free agent.

A former wide receiver in college, Hardee made his name with the Saints as a special teams coverage man, last season blocking a punt against Tampa Bay that went for a touchdown.

This season, the Cleveland native made some noise with an interception in the Redskins game that he nearly returned for a touchdown when Lattimore was out. Hardee might be a player the Saints want to develop at the position, which could use some reliable depth.

Hardee was formerly a three star recruit, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, before signing with the University of Illinois out of Glenville High in Cleveland.

He attended the same high school as Saints starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore and wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.

Hardee stuck out on special teams during the NFC Championship Game in January, helping to limit the Rams in their return efforts on kick and punt return attempts.

On a punt late in the second quarter, Hardee drew a holding penalty, fell to the turf, and still managed to run down the field to tackle return man Jo Jo Natson for no gain.

In his collegiate career as a wide receiver, Hardee amassed 841 career yards off 72 catches for a touchdown in 28 appearances. He ultimately went undrafted in 2017 before being signed by the Houston Texans. That September, as the team was making their initial 53 man roster, Hardee was cut loose.

He eventually landed in New Orleans five days after Houston released him, signing onto the Saints practice squad, and was then promoted to the active roster on Sept. 23, 2017.

Overall as a professional Hardee has 17 combined tackles, two pass breakups, one interception, and one touchdown on defense.
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NOLA1128
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Good move for sure. It’s pretty easy to tell he’s well liked in the locker room.

Keep the guys together that we can and light the world on fire next year. The more guys looking for revenge, the better.


GMoney2600
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Barring injuries in the pre-season, we probably have 4 of our 6 CB's.

#1 - Lattimore (outside)
#2 - Apple (outside)
#3 - PRob (slot)
#4 - ??? (backup slot CB)
#5 - ??? (backup outside CB)
#6 - Hardee (ST beast/developmental outside CB)


3HourTour
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Think we can resign PJ? He played well in the slot after Prob went down.


Ryan3232
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Hardee brings the swagger. Love this dude.


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Ryan3232
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
quote:

Think we can resign PJ? He played well in the slot after Prob went down.


Some team not named us is about to pay him. He played REALLY well the second half of the season. And since we have PRob, we wont overspend on a backup.


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GMoney2600
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Depends on what he's willing to take. I think a lot of other teams are in a position to offer him more money. Hopefully the DUI drives his desirability down.

It would be nice to get him for like 3 or 3.5 mil a year at the most. Hopefully he likes playing here.


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ForeverEllisHugh
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Am I the only one mad at him for turning his back on his man on the fake punt?


bluemoons
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Agree. I mentioned this in a past FA thread, but Hardee is a big asset.


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GMoney2600
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
No. You probably should be mad for a little while. That doesn't make a bad player though. shite happens. He's 1 of our best, if not the best, special teams players on the roster.

Not sure who our best special teams guy is, but he's in the discussion. Hardee, Banjo, or Robertson imo.
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drake20
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
All free agents.

Hope they re-sign all.

Well, Hardee not a free agent anymore.


GMoney2600
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Here's an updated list after the Hardee signing. Also, after Okafor's contract got voided.

UFA
QB Teddy Bridgewater
RB Mark Ingram
WR Dez Bryant
TE Hooman
OL Jermon Bushrod
OL Josh LeRibeus
OL Michael Ola
DT Tyeler Davison
DT Jay Bromley
DT Tyrunn Walker
DE Alex Okafor
LB Craig Robertson
LB Manti Te'o
CB PJ Williams
CB Josh Robinson
S Chris Banjo

RFA
WR Tommylee Lewis
PK Will Lutz
CB Ken Crawley

ERFA
OL Cameron Tom
LS Zach Wood
LB Vince Biegel
S Rickey Jefferson


GMoney2600
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Just saw this...

Saints special teams ace Justin Hardee agreed to a 1 year, $645,000 exclusive rights tender.


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Daponch
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Hardee was playing on no sleep as his wife was giving birth to their son. I don’t like that he screwed up, but I understand how that can happen. Hardee is a good dude and his positives will outweigh that one play.


Dizz
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Also it was so loud he didn’t hear the check from Hill.


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ForeverEllisHugh
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
quote:

Hardee was playing on no sleep as his wife was giving birth to their son.


I legitimately did not know this. Thank you for the info.
Of course even with his mistake we still made the plays to win.


Daponch
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Nola.com link

Yeah it is what it is


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WicKed WayZ
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re: Saints sign specialist Justin Hardee to one year deal
Would love to continue this trend and start resigning some of our other guys


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