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John Kuhn staying with the Saints, report says

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The New Orleans Saints will have veteran fullback John Kuhn around for at least one more season, according to reports. The Advocate's Joel Erickson first announced that Kuhn was staying in New Orleans, while Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reported that Kuhn was signing a one-year deal with an $80,000 signing bonus.

Kuhn, who will turn 35 in September, showed no signs of age being a factor for the Saints in 2016. He played in 15 games for the Saints, and was arguably most memorable for his big performance against the Chargers in Week 4. He was extremely useful in short-yardage situations, and has become a very big fan favorite in New Orleans.

In John Sigler's year in review piece, he noted that Kuhn was extremely efficient in his 18 carries.

The Saints dialed up eighteen carries for Kuhn, and fourteen of them came with three or fewer yards needed for a first down or score. Kuhn converted twelve of those carries for a success rate of 85.7 percent. Eight of those conversions came on critical drive-sustaining third downs

It would appear the Saints would use a veteran minimum deal for Kuhn, and the $80,000 signing bonus has been a standard the front office has used in the past with players like Tim Hightower and Roman Harper.