Tony McDaniel recalls his initial reaction when he received word the New Orleans Saints wanted to bring him back. The veteran defensive tackle said he kept an eye on the Saints' success throughout the season, so the team's interest in him came as a surprise. "Honestly, I was shocked because of the way these guys are playing," McDaniel said Thursday. "I've been watching them the whole season and the defense is playing lights out, the offense is playing lights out. I didn't think they really needed any help." Nevertheless, the Saints needed the 6-foot-7, 305-pound McDaniel, who signed Tuesday, to bolster depth on the defensive line in the wake of backup defensive tackle John Hughes landing on injured reserve with a torn biceps. There is little doubt McDaniel brings plenty of experience after he spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2006-08), Miami Dolphins (2009-12), Seattle Seahawks (2013-14, 2016), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2016) and San Francisco 49ers (2017).