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Morgan retiring after signing free-agent deal with Saints

Injuries finally knocked Dan Morgan out of the game.

The New Orleans Saints' issued a statement on Monday, saying that the veteran linebacker has decided to retire. The free agent signed with the Saints on March 11 after spending seven seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

"When we signed Dan, he was committed to making a fresh start, and he was making every effort to rehabilitate the leg injury that he suffered last year," Saints coach Sean Payton said in the team's statement. "But it wasn't responding as well as he had hoped it would. We wish him well in his continued recovery, and he will be remembered for the excellent player he was during his career."

Morgan missed the final 13 games of 2007 with a partial tear of an Achilles tendon and had battled through other injuries in recent seasons.

Carolina drafted Morgan in 2001 out of the University of Miami in the first round. He recorded 452 tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and five interceptions. He played in 59 games, all starts, and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2004.

Morgan's agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's John Clayton: "His injuries just weren't healing enough for him [to play]."

Also, the Saints signed undrafted free agent Brian Stamper, an offensive lineman from Vanderbilt, and waived lineman Kevin Tuminello, who was signed earlier this month as an undrafted free agent. He took part in the team's rookie minicamp.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.