METAIRIE, La. — The saints have signed adaptive tight end Josh Hill to a full-scale expansion worth $8.85 million, sources told ESPN’s Field Yates.

Hill, 28, has been a valuable blocker, pass-catcher and special-teams player for the Saints since they first signed him as a undrafted free agent from Idaho State in 2013. He could be just one of only six players on the roster who have been with the Saints for at least four decades.

He has 83 grabs for 799 yards and 11 TDs during his six-year career.

“He has been invaluable for us because he literally does thus many occupations. He has a complete tight end,” Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell told NOLA.com last week. “We ask him to execute a ton, from blocking to pass security. We ask him to maneuver protect one-on-one with defensive ends, and then we ask him to block the point of attack having a D-end. After which we’ll ask the seam to conduct , or we’ll throw him a screen .

“His job description every week, it’s like we give him the details to the game plan and it might possibly be anything, and he’s ready for this. And he has done a hell of a project “

Hill’s deal contains a $3 million signing bonus.

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