New Orleans Saints Re-Sign WR Courtney Roby; Waive One Other

By Brandon Winkler


The New Orleans Saints have announced the signing wide-receiver Courtney Roby, who was an unrestricted free agent, to a one-year contract. The announcement was made by General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Roby has played in 49 regular season games with the Saints, averaging 25.6 yards on 94 kickoff returns with one touchdown. He ranked fourth in franchise history in kickoff return average, while recording 51 special teams tackles and two special teams fumble recoveries.

He attended Indiana University where he finished his career as the most productive receiver in in teams history, breaking the all-time record for career receptions and yards with 170 catches and 2,524 yards. He was the third receiver in school history to gain over 1,000 yards in a season and 23 punt returns. His 59 receptions during the 2002 season ranked second among the teams history. Roby also showed his ability to be a threat on special teams by returning 28 kickoffs for 567 yards.


During his career with the Hoosiers he played under current Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who was the head coach at the university from 1997-2001, but left for the NFL for the second time to be the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Roby also played under Gerri DiNardo who took over for Cameron from 2002-2004. DiNardo was fired for being unsuccessful in the Big Ten, where he never won more than three games in a season.


The Tennessee Titans drafted Roby in the 3rd round (68th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. In his first year with the team he returned 22 kicks for 495 yards, a average of 22.5 yards per return. Of his 22 returns, Roby coughed up only one fumble and had his longest return go 59 yards. He was released by the team on September 1, 2007.


After his release from the Titans, he also made brief stops with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts.


Since joining the Saints he has been one of their best contributors on special teams, becoming their primary kick returner in the teams Super Bowl run in the 2009 season. In 2011, he was voted by his teammates to be named team captain on special teams, when he led the team with 13 special teams tackles. He also tied for the club lead with three stops in the postseason.


The club also announced that they have waived LB Jerimiha Hunter.


Hunter was signed by the New Orleans Saints on July 27, 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He was placed on injured reserve on August 3, 2011.


Jerimiha played his football for the Iowa Hawkeyes where he recorded 269 career stops during his four-year career. In his senior season he started 11 games at OLB and led team with 90 tackles and led team with two fumble recoveries.

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