By Nick Shook
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Fullbacks, once the offensive crown jewels of the sport, are somewhat of a dying breed these days.
That isn’t stopping John Kuhn.
The nine-year veteran, who spent the majority of his career as a fan favorite in Green Bay, will move southeast to sign a one-year deal with the Saints. New Orleans offers the fullback another chance to play, Kuhn’s agent told ESPN. Kuhn later bid farewell to Packers fans on Twitter:
The 33-year-old Kuhn had been clamoring for another chance to play and made his desires public, saying “I want to play because I still enjoy it, I still love it, I’m still in shape, I’m still ready to go,” in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. After New Orleans lost fullback Austin Johnson to a knee injury this week, the Saints were in need of help, even if the position is just a part-time role in their offense.
It’s the third straight season in which Kuhn will play on a one-year contract — he signed back-to-back one-year deals in Green Bay in 2014 and 2015. Kuhn made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015 — before his time ran out with the Packers.
Fullbacks often go replaced entirely by a second or third tight end in some schemes. Despite a reduced role in Green Bay, and likely a similar role in New Orleans, Kuhn’s signing is proof that fullbacks still carry some value in today’s game.