TE Royal Wouldn’t Mind Coming to the Saints

Veteran tight end Robert Royal had his contract terminated by the Browns on February 9th, and the New Orleans native wouldn’t mind playing for his hometown Saints, Hunter Paniagua of The Times-Picayune.

“Being from here, I’d love to come home and hopefully play at home for one of my years, but that’s just me doing wishful thinking,” Royal said. “But at the end of the day, I don’t mind. An opportunity is an opportunity, and I’ll just make the best out of it. So whichever team rings the phone, I’ll try and make the best out of it.”

Royal was a fifth round pick (160th overall) out of LSU by the Washington Redskins in 2002, and has caught 128 passes for 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns in his 110-game career, which has also included stints with the Buffalo Bills (2006-08) and Browns, who signed Royal to a four-year, $10 million contract in 2009.

In 28 games with the Browns, Royal caught 16 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Royal caught just five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last season, production that the Browns did not think was worth the two years and nearly $5 million remaining on his contract.

The Saints have two tight ends signed for 2011 — 2010 third round pick Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lorenzen — but are expected to re-sign David Thomas when the 2011 league year begins. New Orleans has frequently carried four tight ends and the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Royal could fill a No. 3, blocking tight end role.


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