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Published July 26, 2011, 07:07 PM

Former Bison Gatlin signs with the Saints

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - While the big names are being courted the rookies were also receiving the full court press as teams tried to fill out their rosters.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

While the big names are being courted the rookies were also receiving the full court press as teams tried to fill out their rosters.

Josh Gatlin finally got the call he's been waiting three months for as the former Bison agreed to a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Gatlin had a terrific senior season, leading NDSU with 5 interceptions, then stood out in all-star game to grab the NFL scouts and coaches attention.

Josh Gatlin – Signed free agent deal with Saints: “It was stunning. Sean Payton called me and I was shocked. For thirty seconds I didn't say anything. He was like, "Hello Josh, are you there?". You think how many of these coaches actually call free agents. Some of the guys that get drafted don't even speak to the head coaches. It spoke to who he is. I had questions for him, probably gave him more questions than I did like a scout or any position coach.”

Gatlin will join another former Bison Ramon Humber in the Big Easy, Saints open camp on Thursday.

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