NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Saints have signed safety Kevin Kaesviharn to a four-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
Kaesviharn, entering his seventh NFL season, was an unrestricted free agent after leading the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 with six interceptions and also recording 58 tackles, a career-high four sacks and a forced fumble.
"Kevin will be a good addition to our group of safeties from a productivity standpoint on the field in addition to being a leader for our young players," said Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis. "He has been a solid, consistent player for the Bengals for several years and a good influence in the locker room. Kevin is the kind of player we were looking for to add to our mix on defense."
Kaesviharn, who was a three-year starter at Augustana College in South Dakota, joined the Bengals as a free agent in 2001 and has played in 87 games, with 45 starts. In his career he has posted 357 stops (252 solo), 15 interceptions, six sacks, four fumble recoveries, a pair of forced fumbles and 47 pass defenses.
Kaesviharn had a season-best nine tackles against the Saints on Nov. 19, including 1.5 sacks and an interception. He began his pro football career in 1999 with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League before moving on to the XFL in 2001 with the San Francisco Demons.