The New Orleans Saints are starting to make some moves this offseason as they re-signed safety Rafael Bush, offensive lineman Eric Olsen and tight end Michael Higgins, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. This means the Saints re-signed all three of their exclusive rights free agents with each player signing a one-year deal.
Bush played a heavy role on special teams after the Saints claimed him off waivers from Denver in early September, but displayed some ability on defense late in the season as well. Bush led the team with 15 special teams tackles, according to the Saints' tackle stats, and also added a fumble recovery. Bush tallied 13 total tackles on defense, along with a 40-yard interception return, one pass defense, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Olsen appeared in every game last season for the Saints. He saw his role increase throughout the season as the team's tackle-eligible receiver, or sixth lineman, as the injuries piled up on the offensive line.
Higgins has been off and on the active roster much of the last two seasons, but was on the 53-man roster for the final five games of the 2012 campaign.
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