By Katherine Terrell, ESPN Staff Writer
Nov 13, 2023, 09:33 PM ET
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The New Orleans Saints have bolstered their pass rush by signing veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to their practice squad, as confirmed by a team spokesperson.
Pierre-Paul, 34, has not seen any game action this season but played in 14 games for the Baltimore Ravens last year, recording three sacks. Despite rumors of retirement, he recently shared a workout video on his Instagram account, asserting that he still has plenty left to offer.
The Saints have been actively seeking solutions to improve their pass rush, which currently ranks 26th in the NFL with only 18 sacks. In addition to Pierre-Paul, they also recently added defensive end Jordan Willis to their practice squad. The team’s pierre-paul-to-practice-squad-boosting-defense-in-search-for-sack-solutions/” title=”New Orleans Saints Sign Pass-Rusher Jason Pierre-Paul to Practice Squad: Boosting Defense in Search for Sack Solutions”>current defensive ends have combined for just seven sacks, and second-round pick Isaiah Foskey is sidelined with an injury and has yet to record a sack.
While Carl Granderson leads the Saints with 5.5 sacks, he has only managed one sack in the past four games. Meanwhile, 34-year-old Cameron Jordan has contributed two sacks.
Pierre-Paul, a former first-round pick for the New York Giants in 2010, brings a wealth of experience to the Saints. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, most recently earning the honor in 2020 while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Throughout his career, Pierre-Paul has accumulated an impressive total of 94.5 sacks, including 5.5 sacks over the past two seasons with the Ravens and Buccaneers.