Saints sign veteran defender Tony McDaniel


The New Orleans Saints still need all sorts of help on defense.

On Thursday, they addressed that need in the form of veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel.

McDaniel, 32, spent last season with the Seahawks -- his second stint in Seattle -- after runs with the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Jacksonville.

It's fair to wonder if the signing could have anything to do with the status of Saints interior defender Nick Fairley, who is still waiting for a third opinion on his heart condition.

The Saints also have last year's first-rounder, Sheldon Rankins, at the position along with David Onyemata and Tyeler Davison. If he still has any gas in the tank, McDaniels brings trustworthy depth for a defense that has faltered for years.

Most remember McDaniels as a core piece of that dominant 2013 Seahawks club that put a hurt on Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. This New Orleans defense is a million miles away from that unit, but McDaniels is the latest addition to help turn the tide.