The New Orleans Saints don’t have too many stories of “guys that got away.” But New England Patriots pass-rusher Rob Ninkovich is at the top of that short list.
The Saints drafted Ninkovich in the fifth round in 2006. But they actually cut him twice — in both 2007 and 2009 — before he finally found his place in the NFL with New England.
Saints coach Sean Payton regrettably recalled this week that he actually tried to get Ninkovich to switch full-time to long snapper to earn a spot on the roster.
“So it tells you how much I know,” Payton said.
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