Beloved former Saints punter returns to NFC South with Falcons

By , Audacy

Thomas Morstead is back in the NFC South.

The longtime Saints punter, who was recently cut by the Jets, signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

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Morstead, a fan favorite in New Orleans, made the announcement on social media.

“I acknowledge that this will pain many of my biggest supporters,” he said. “All I can say is that my love for New Orleans is as strong as ever.”

The Saints had cut Morstead after 12 seasons in New Orleans back in March, largely believed to be for salary cap purposes.

Morstead, a Pro Bowler in 2012, is most remembered by Saints fans as the kicker who pulled off the onsides kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV en route to a 31-17 victory over Peyton Manning’s Colts.

The Falcons signed the 35-year-old out of necessity after losing punter Cameron Nizialek to a hamstring injury earlier this season and having to put his replacement, Dustin Colquitt, on the reserve/COVID list this week.

Morstead averaged 48.2 yards per punt in seven games with the Jets this season.

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