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Saints Signing 2 Former Pro Bowlers: Report

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The New Orleans Saints are reportedly expected to sign former Pro Bowl running back Kareem Hunt and former Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr pending physicals, sources with knowledge of the moves confirmed to ESPN's Dianna Russini on Tuesday (August 8).

"The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign both Kareem Hunt and Anthony Barr, if both players pass their physicals and are in shape, per sources," Russini tweeted.

The reported addition of Hunt comes days after the NFL announced Saints starting running back Alvin Kamara would face a three-game suspension during the upcoming 2023 season for violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy stemming from an assault incident that took place at a Las Vegas nightclub last year.

Hunt, a third-round selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft, was selected to the Pro Bowl after leading the NFL with a career best 1,327 rushing yards during his rookie season, but was released by the team midway through the 2018 season after surveillance footage showing him assaulting a woman and kicking her while on the ground surfaced several months after the incident took place.

The former Toledo standout was suspended and later reinstated by the NFL after signing with the Cleveland Browns in February 2019. Hunt spent the four seasons with the Browns playing behind All-Pro running back Nick Chubb and making nine starts in his absence during that span.

Barr, a four-time Pro Bowler, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings at No. 9 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft and spent his first eight seasons with the franchise before signing with the Dallas Cowboys last offseason. The former UCLA standout enters his 10th NFL season with 553 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 41 tackles for loss, 48 QB hits, five interceptions, eight forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, 32 pass deflections and one touchdown.

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