Saints Trying Out K Connor Barth, K Nate Freese & DL C.J. Wilson



Joel A. Erickson reports that former Lions K Nate Freese was also among the veteran players trying out for the Saints on Saturday.

Freese, 25, is a former seventh-round pick of the Lions back in 2014. He lasted just a few months in Detroit before he was waived after three games.

The Buccaneers brought Freese in a for a workout back in February, but he didn’t receive an offer from the team.

During his rookie season, Freese converted three of seven field goal attempts (42.9 percent) to go along with all six extra point tries.


Mike Triplett of ESPN reports that the Saints have veteran K Connor Barth and DL C.J. Wilson among the players trying out for for them during their rookie minicamp.

  • Free agent DL Matt Shaughnessy is also among the veterans working out for the Saints on Saturday.

This is the first reported interest in Barth since he became available a few weeks ago.

Barth, 30, was in the final year of his contract and set to make a base salary of $1.33 million for the 2016 season when the Buccaneers released him in a move that freed up $1,333,333 in available cap space.

In 2015, Barth appeared in 12 games for the Buccaneers and converted 23 of 28 field goal attempts (82.1 percent) to go along with 25 of 26 extra point tries and 32 touchbacks.

Wilson, 28, is a former seventh-round pick of the Packers back in 2010. After four years in Green Bay, Wilson signed on with the Raiders. However, he lasted just a year in Oakland.

Wilson was later claimed off of waivers by the Lions, but Detroit elected to cut him loose back in February.

In 2015, Wilson has appeared in 12 games and recorded 12 11 tackles and sack between the Raiders and Lions.

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