Chris Manhertz signs with Saints practice squad

By Nick Veronica

The New Orleans Saints signed tight end Chris Manhertz to their practice squad Sunday, Manhertz confirmed to IAGS.

Manhertz, the former Canisius basketball player, opened training camp with the Buffalo Bills but was cut Aug. 19. He cleared waivers and was picked up by New Orleans the following week.

The Saints kept two tight ends on their 53-man roster, veteran Ben Watson and third-year man Josh Hill.

Practice squad players this season will earn $6,600 per week, as determined by the collective bargaining agreement, which equals out to $112,200 if the player remains on practice squad for all 17 weeks.

Manhertz, 23, did not appear on the stat sheet in any preseason games.


New Orleans Saints sign Chris Manhertz

By Nick Veronica

Chris Manhertz, the former Canisius basketball player turned NFL prospect, was picked up by the New Orleans Saints Monday night after being released by the Bills last week.

The Saints had success with their last basketball-playing tight end, Jimmy Graham, and were willing to give Manhertz a shot, cutting third-year veteran Michael Egnew.

Manhertz should get a bump up the depth chart, too: after being as deep as the seventh tight end with the Bills, Manhertz is now the fifth TE on the Saints’ 90-man roster, behind Ben Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles and Alex Smith.

Manhertz did not play in Bills’ preseason opener against Carolina and was released on Aug. 19. He went unclaimed on waivers and was a free agent for about four days. The Saints have two remaining preseason games: Aug. 30 vs. Houston and Sept. 3 at Green Bay.