The New Orleans Saints will be bringing back fullback John Kuhn on a one-year deal with an $80,000 signing bonus, the maximum allowed on a veteran minimum deal, according to multiple league sources.
Kuhn is a graduate of Dover High School.
Kuhn signed with New Orleans last August after nine seasons in Green Bay and immediately became a versatile, durable option at fullback, a more productive player at the position than the Saints have had in years.
Used as a short-yardage back and a weapon out of the backfield, Kuhn picked up 37 yards on 18 carries and caught 16 passes for 70 yards, producing four rushing touchdowns and one receiving.
Kuhn received more touches than any other fullback in the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era, and his prowess as a pass protector enabled the Saints to keep him on the field in several sets.
The veteran played 277 snaps, a little more than 17 plays per game and a much heavier workload than most of his predecessors. With Kuhn playing a part as a lead blocker, New Orleans also produced its first 1,000-yard back since 2006 when Mark Ingram went over the milestone.
An 11-year veteran, Kuhn will be 35 shortly after the season, but he's still highly productive.