METAIRIE, La. -- Coach Sean Payton says the Saints have signed safety Eric Frampton, a former Oak Grove High of San Jose star, who New Orleans expects to help on special teams.
In addition, the Saints have signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham and will start rookie Terron Armstead at left tackle in Sunday's pivotal NFC South clash with Carolina.
Frampton, who was an All-Pac-10 safety at Washington State, was the Raiders' fifth-round draft pick in 2007. He's played in the NFL for six seasons with the Lions, Vikings and Cowboys, who released him in September after he suffered a groin injury during training camp.
Meanwhile, Graham replaces Garrett Hartley, who was released on Tuesday afternoon, two days after failing to convert two field goals in a 27-16 loss at St. Louis. Armstead will start in place of Charles Brown, who was benched during the second half of Sunday's game.
Graham is a 12-year veteran who played at Houston last season. Armstead was a third-round draft choice out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Payton says he's eager to see what Armstead can do after being with the club for nine months.