NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The New Orleans Saints signed cornerback Michael Hawthorne, a sixth-round draft pick, to a three-year contract Friday.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Hawthorne, started seven games for Purdue last year. His best game was in the Outback Bowl against Georgia, where he had nine tackles and knocked down two passes.

He was a three-year starter at Purdue.

No other contract terms were released.