The New Orleans Saints have signed kicker/punter Jose Carlos Maltos from Monterrey, Mexico to a three-year contract.
At least that's what we're being led to believe.
The official NFL Mexico twitter account made the announcement yesterday afternoon and Mexican website MedioTiempo.com confirms the signing with Maltos himself.
NFL México felicita a José Carlos Maltos por su llegada a los New Orleans #Saints. ¡Mucho éxito! #VamosMaltos twitter.com/NFLMX/status/3…— NFL México (@NFLMX) May 4, 2013
Mexican Jose Carlos Maltos, former kicker for the Tigers Authentic Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, migrate to the NFL to play for the New Orleans Saints, as the player himself confirmed in a telephone interview with Mediotiempo.
There hasn't been any official confirmation of the signing yet by the Saints or by any local media outlet. He is not listed on the roster at the Saints official website. The announcement could be pending Maltos securing a proper work visa in the United States.
Maltos is the former placekicker and punter for the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, He will get a chance to compete with both Garrett Hartley and Thomas Morstead for a roster spot but I'm sure he's being brought in more for his placekicking.
The New England Patriots had also expressed interest in Maltos but the Saints apparently wanted him more.
Maltos is the 16th Mexican to make it to the NFL, most of whom have also been kickers. Mexican kicker Eddy Carmona signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders last Wednesday.
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