New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Tuesday that the club has signed free agent kicker Garrett Hartley and punter Glenn Pakulak after each player tried out at the team’s practice facility earlier in the day.
“We conducted an audition this afternoon for punters and kickers in an effort to boast our special teams play,” said Loomis. “We were impressed with both Garrett and Glenn throughout the competitive sessions and we will continue to evaluate the positions closely throughout the remainder of the season.”
Pakulak, 6-3, 220, first entered the NFL as a rookie free agent when he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the spring of 2003 after a standout career at the University of Kentucky. The Lapeer, Mich. native has subsequently had stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears but has not played in a regular season game. He was most recently on the roster of the Raiders this preseason when he averaged 45.0 yards on 15 punts before being waived at the conclusion of their training camp. The 28-year-old left-footed punter played two seasons with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, being allocated by Oakland in 2006 and Tennessee in 2007.