Gash signs one-year deal with Saints

Updated: March 16, 2004, 4:42 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Veteran fullback Sam Gash signed with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. The Saints also cut three players, including cornerback Dale Carter.

Gash signed a one-year deal, his agent Eddie Johnson said. He will receive the standard veteran's exception deal, which is $780,000 and a $25,000 signing bonus, Johnson said.

"He's looking forward to playing for the Saints," Johnson said. "Jim Haslett is his kind of coach.''

Gash, a 13-year veteran, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999. Gash started 10 of 16 games for the Buffalo Bills in 2003 and had 11 receptions for 83 yards.

Gash is counted on to replace fullback Terrelle Smith. Smith, a punishing blocker who opened holes for Ricky Williams and Deuce McAllister's 1,000-yard seasons, left for the Cleveland Browns and a four-year, $4.4 million contract.

In his 13-year career, Gash has started 78 of 177 regular-season games and has also appeared in 11 postseason contests with seven starts, including a Super Bowl appearance as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

His blocking helped Baltimore set a team record with 2,199 rushing yards that season, and in 1999 in his first stint with Buffalo became the first back ever selected to the Pro Bowl without recording a rushing attempt.

Carter, a former Pro Bowler who signed with the Saints in 2002, was released along with defensive tackle Kevin Watson and kicker Matt Simonton.


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