Saints sign long-snapper Drescher to four-year deal

METAIRIE (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have announced signed restricted free agent long snapper Justin Drescher to a four-year


The team made the announcement Wednesday but did not release financial terms of the deal.

Drescher arrived in New Orleans in November of 2010 as a rookie free agent and has played in all 41 games since then, handling

snaps on field goals and punts.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead was selected

to the Pro Bowl for the first time last season and said the reliability

of Drescher's

snaps was a significant factor. Morstead broke the team records

for gross punting (50.1 yards) and net punting (43.2 yards).

On Tuesday, defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma agreed to restructure their contracts, allowing the Saints

to get under the NFL's salary cap.