New Orleans Saints sign safety Marcus Ball

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The New Orleans Saints have agreed a three-year contract with former Toronto Argonauts safety Marcus Ball.

Ball will compete for a back-up/special team spot behind prized offseason addition Jarius Byrd, and should add depth to an area that the Saints looked short in.

Rafael Bush still hasn't put pen to paper on a one-year, $1.4 million offer yet as a restricted free agent, and the arrival of Ball will at least offer the Saints some assurances in that area of the field.

A statement on the Saints website read: "The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with safety Marcus Ball on a three-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis."

Earlier this week ESPN reported that Champ Bailey had paid a visit to New Orleans while contract talks were on-going - and it is being reported that Ball's arrival won't have an impact on any deal for the former Broncos cornerback.

It has been an offseason of huge upheaval for the Saints, with a host of players coming and going.

Veterans Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith were let go, while Darren Sproles was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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