New Orleans Saints add four players to the roster and release two others

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manger Mickey Loomis says the NFL club has agreed to terms with fourth round pick Khairi Fortt on a four-year contract.

The inside linebacker was the 126th overall pick and played his final college season at the University of California after transferring from Penn State in 2012.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Fortt started all nine games he played in and tied for third on the team with 64 tackles, 0.5 sack, 3.5 tackles for a loss and was one of 12 national semifinalists for the 2013 Butkus Award.

In 31 games for both the Golden Bears and Nittany Lions, the 22-year-old linebacker record 114 career tackles, three sacks and 10 stops for a loss.

Loomis also announced that the Saints added four players following last weekend's three-day rookie camp.

Tulane defensive back Derrick Strozier, Illinois receiver Steve Hull, veteran outside linebacker Cheta Ozougwu and veteran offensive lineman Thomas Welch were signed after taking park in rookie camp on a try-out basis.  They will participate in offseason practices and training camp.

Strozier was a defensive back at Tulane, but will try to make the Saints roster on the offensive side of the ball.  Hull led the Illinois receiving game last season while Ozougwu has played with the Chicago Bears and Welch has spent time with New England, St. Louis and Buffalo.

The Saints waived former Louisiana-Lafayette nose tackle Brandon McCray and former Michigan State guard Micajah Reynolds.

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