METAIRIE, La. - Former Newberry College cornerback Kamaal McIlwain and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a futures contract as announced by Saints executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis to the team's official website Wednesday.
McIlwain spent the final two months of the 2011 season on the New Orleans practice squad. He went to 2011 training camp with the Atlanta Falcons following a career at Newberry College, where he made a total of 93 tackles with six interceptions, 24 pass defenses, two fumble recoveries, four blocked kicks and two touchdowns. As a senior in 2010, McIlwain posted 25 tackles (20 solo), two interceptions and eight pass defenses. He also averaged 33 yards per kickoff return including an 80-yard return for a touchdown.
McIlwain is one of 10 players the Saints signed to a futures contract in addition to QB Sean Canfield, G Nick Howell, DT Mitch King, DB Cord Parks, WR Andy Tanner, RB Chris Taylor, T Phil Trautwein, T Fenuki Tupou and DB Josh Victorian.
A futures contract applies to players who were not on an active roster at the end of their team's playing season. An active player's contract normally ends in March, while players on the Saints' practice squad entered free agency on January 15 following their NFC Divisional Round playoff loss at San Francisco.