An old friend is getting another chance. Former San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is signing with the New Orleans Saints, according to Ian Rapoport. The Saints have dealt with numerous injuries at the position, losing Mark Ingram for the season, followed by a season-ending injury to Marcus Murphy.
Tim Hightower is the Saints starting running back now that Ingram is done. C.J. Spiller got some snaps as well, but Hightower got 28 carries last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I can't imagine Kendall Hunter getting a ton of work this coming Monday against the Detroit Lions, but it would not surprise me to see him get a little something. He does solid work in pass protection, which is always helpful for getting a running back on the field.
Whatever the case, it's great to see Hunter get another chance. I was disappointed it did not work out with the 49ers, as I always thought he was a talented option. I don't know the terms of the deal yet, but he could very well be back available in free agency. Shaun Draughn could be the guy the 49ers try and bring back to complement Carlos Hyde, but who knows what free agency will bring.