NEW ORLEANS (AP) -The New Orleans Saints signed former Pro Bowl punter Chris Hanson to a one-year contract Friday.
Hanson, a 6-foot-2, 202-pound left-footed punter out of Marshall, has played six years in the NFL. The 30-year-old has played in all but one of his 86 career games with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hanson has never had any of his 428 punts blocked and averaged 42.9 yards per punt.
The Senoia, Ga., native also was the holder for place-kicks for Jacksonville.
Hanson originally signed out of college with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent and also spent time on the rosters of the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins, making one appearance for Green Bay as a rookie in 1999.
He was the Jaguars' punter for the past six seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 2002.
Steve Weatherford, a second-year player out of Illinois, is the only other punter on the Saints' roster. Weatherford made the team last season after Mitch Berger struggled with a groin injury during training camp.

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