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New Orleans Saints sign Air Force tight end as rookie free agent

May 16, 2016 Updated: May 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm
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Air Force tight end Garrett Griffin pauses between plays during a game against CSU at Hughes Stadium in Ft. Collins on Saturday, October 17, 2015. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Air Force tight end Garrett Griffin has signed with the New Orleans Saints, according to media reports and multiple social media posts from Griffin and his family.

The senior went undrafted in April but had rookie minicamp tryouts with the Kansas City Chiefs last week and the Saints this past weekend.

Griffin caught 41 passes for 678 yards and eight touchdowns in his career, but was limited as a senior after suffering a knee injury in warmups before the season-opener caused him to miss the first six games.

There will still be the issue of at least a two-year military commitment for Griffin, which will begin with time in Wyoming serving as a missile maintenance officer. Past Air Force players to sign with NFL teams have been able to only attend camps by coordinating schedules with available leave time, but none have made an active NFL roster until their commitment was completed.

Recent Navy graduate Joe Cardona was able to play immediately as a long snapper for New England, but that was aided by the proximity of his military assignment at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Rhode Island. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus recently told a radio show that he is "confident that we can work something out" to allow former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds to pursue an NFL career after he was drafted by Baltimore last month.

It remains to be seen if the Navy's willingness to work with Midshipmen grads will bleed over to Air Force, or if Griffin will simply have to wait for his opportunity.

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