The New Orleans Saints have doing their due diligence on available running backs since the NFL Draft, and it appears the team has made a decision about a player at the position.
On Tuesday, the organization signed running back Matthew Dayes to a one year contract, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.
A former seventh round selection out of North Carolina State by the Cleveland Browns two years ago, Dayes was most recently with the San Francisco 49ers this past season.
Dayes initially signed on with Cleveland after the team picked him with the No. 252 overall selection as the final running back to be taken in the draft that year.
In the ensuing competition during the Browns’ training camp, Dayes fought for the third spot on the positional depth chart with Terrence Magee and Brandon Wilds. Ultimately, Dayes won the contest and sat behind starting back Duke Johnson and backup Isaiah Crowell.
Dayes made his regular season debut in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching two passes for nine yards in a Browns loss. As a rookie, Dayes had five rushing attempts for 13 yards in addition to four receptions for 29 yards. A year later, he was waived.
He signed with San Francisco in the second month of the 2018 regular season, earning a position on the 49ers’ practice squad before being promoted to the active roster in November. Dayes was waived by the Niners a month after this year’s NFL Draft.