NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Tight end David Sloan signed a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday after playing all seven of his previous seasons with the Detroit Lions.

The Saints acquired a free agent who last year had 37 catches for 409 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end started 15 games.

``His size and his speed will make him a threat in our offense,'' coach Jim Haslett. ``David will have an impact with his blocking and should be a weapon in the red zone.''

Last season was Sloan's best year statistically since going to the Pro Bowl in 1999. That year he set career marks with 47 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns.

``David is an every-down tight end that can run, catch and block,'' general manager Randy Mueller said. ``That consistency is something we have lacked for the past few years. He has been to the Pro Bowl and has been one of the league's best at his position, so he will be a great addition to our offense.''

Sloan was drafted in the third round by Detroit in 1995 out of New Mexico.