Clancy comfortable and confident as a Saint

Kendrick Clancy is entering his eighth NFL season, and the former All-SEC selection finally feels like he has found the perfect fit.

The New Orleans Saints acquired Clancy via free agency earlier this summer after the 300-pound defensive tackle was released by the Arizona Cardinals. Clancy lives in Oxford during the offseason and is happy to be playing in the South as well.

"This is a nice fit and everything is tying in together," Clancy explained. "The Saints are close to home, and it is a place where I am comfortable and excited to be here. Leaving Arizona was a blessing in disguise."

New Orleans presented the veteran with a three-year deal, and while excited, Clancy is cautious about taking an extended contract for what it says.

"There really isn't any stability, but I do have a contract. When I went to Arizona, they gave me a four-year deal that is better than this one. But they wanted to go in a different direction. It's a business, and the teams have to do what they have to do."

Clancy is a virtual lock for a roster spot and playing time this season. With making the team not an issue, the two-year former Rebel letter winner is working on getting acclimated with his new surroundings.

"It's going wonderful. I have been working in with the one's some and trying to contribute. But at the same time, it is important to get comfortable with the scheme and all that. I feel like I am comfortable so just need to keep working and grinding it out. It is all about trying to stick and make a home for myself."

Clancy gives the Saints a viable inside force as he has started 26 games over the past two seasons for the Cardinals and the New York Giants. He picked up 37 tackles, a sack and a forced fumbled in 2006. Clancy has a credible amount of postseason experience with the Steelers and the Giants and is excited about the prospects of playing for a winner again in New Orleans.

"It is wonderful to be in this situation. You know last year was a hard year. We took a couple L's in Arizona, so to be with a team that is contending, that is a great thing. They made it to the NFC Championship last year, but maybe we can take that next step now and be Super Bowl Champions. I don't like to talk about that all the time, but it is the ultimate goal."

After what hopes to be a successful season, the Tuscaloosa, Ala., native will return to Oxford. His college home is still very much where he wants to spend his free time.

"Oh, I live in Oxford. It is a wonderful place to be. My fiancé and my son and I have a great time in Oxford. Especially going back there when not much is going on, I can just chill. I workout there in the offseason at the facility. I go there and see all the guys."

Clancy will see all the guys again early 2008, but he hopes it isn't too soon. The week after the Super Bowl would be a perfect time.

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