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New Orleans Saints land two defensive CFL players

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The Saints visit our neighbors to the north and sign two players from the CFL.

BC Lions v Saskatchewan Roughriders Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images

According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, the New Orleans Saints have signed two defensive CFL players to reserve/future deals. Per the report, the team landed linebacker Adam Bighill of the BC Lions and cornerback Forrest Hightower of the Ottawa Redblacks. Both deals are for three years. They both previously worked out for the Saints on Dec. 13.

Bighill, 28, has been in the CFL since 2011 (all with the BC Lions) after going undrafted from Central Washington. The 5-foot-10, 230-pound linebacker played in 99 games in his stint, totaling 489 defensive tackles, 69 special teams tackles, 33 sacks, 8 interceptions, 8 forced fumbles, and a touchdown.

Hightower, who played five seasons with the San Jose State Spartans, joined the Redblacks on Apr. 30, 2015. The 24-year-old is listed at 5-foot-10, 186 pounds. In 23 games in the CFL, Hightower totaled 63 defensive tackles, two sacks, and an interception. If you’ve ever watched a CFL game, you know that there’s a lot of motion used. Here’s a little bit of his film in college, which is pretty solid.

The team signed seven players to deals earlier this week, and it’s good to see them focus on defense with these two additions. One name still out there to keep in mind is wide receiver Derel Walker, who has drawn a ton of outside interest.