The New Orleans Saints have added two Canadian Football stars to their roster. On January 4, the Saints signed two defensive players–defensive back Forrest Hightower and linebacker Adam Bighill out of the Canadian Football League. Several players have had success in the NFL who started in the CFL, and the Saints are part of this success story successfully signing three of those players–Akiem Hicks, Delvin Breaux and Erik Harris–also defensive players.  Hightower and Bighill tried out for the Saints on December 13.


Adam Bighill is only 28 but has been a five-time CFL All-Star.  He recorded 489 tackles, 33 sacks, eight interceptions and eight forced fumbles during 99 games in the CFL. Bighill had the honor of being named the CFL’s top defensive player in 2015 after finishing with 114 tackles, four sacks and one interception.

Bighill is deemed by CFL personnel to be one of the CFL’s top defenders since entering the league.  “Short, but very quick on his feet, solid open-field tackler. Plays with a nasty streak, a throwback type like London Fletcher or Zach Thomas. Opponents hated playing against him. He might surprise because he’s capable of running in the 4.55 range in the 40.”  This quote was obtained by the Advocate.

Forrest Hightower signed with the Ottawa Redblacks. He recorded 48 tackles and intercepted four passes in 16 regular season and postseason games, including two in Grey Cup championship to help the Ottawa Redblacks win the 2016 title.  During his pro day, he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash.

Hightower has displayed versatility in several spots over the last few years in the CFL. He played cornerback, free safety, and returned kickoffs at San Jose State. A Canadian personnel man was quoted in the Advocate as saying “He could be tried in nickel and dime role (in the NFL).”  He is known to be “quicker than fast.”