Saints sign DE Jason Pierre-Paul to practice squad

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The New Orleans Saints signed three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the practice squad on Thursday.

Pierre-Paul, 34, was a free agent willing to sign with a playoff contender’s practice squad, according to an NFL Network report last week. The Saints lead the NFC South with a 5-5 record but have only 18 sacks.

He started 13 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season and played in 14, totaling 26 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception and five passes defended.

Pierre-Paul, selected first-team All-Pro in 2011, is a two-time Super Bowl champion with 94.5 career sacks in 179 games (150 starts) with the New York Giants (2010-17), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018-21) and Ravens.

Drafted 15th overall by the Giants in 2010, he has recorded 629 tackles, 167 quarterback hits, 21 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, five interceptions and three defensive touchdowns while playing defensive end and outside linebacker.