HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After receiving a $20,000 raise last week, former University of Southern Miss center Cameron Tom received possibly the best news of all Wednesday.
Tom, who was signed as free agent in May and had spent the season on the New Orleans Saints' practice roster, was called up to the 53-man active roster.
Cornerback Sterling Moore was released by the Saints Wednesday, opening a roster spot for Tom.
The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Tom, who played for the Golden Eagles from 2013-16, was a four-year starter and All-Conference USA selection.
The Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate reported that the moves by the Saints were preceded by interest shown by the Washington Redskins in signing Tom from the practice squad.
The call-up could help bolster New Orleans' interior offensive line depth, with Saints guard Larry Warford dealing with an abdominal injury. Tom can play both guard and center.
Other Golden Eagles on the National Football League 53-man rosters include (USM years in parentheses): Houston Texans offensive lineman Chris Clark (2004-07); Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jamie Collins (2009-12); Seattle Seahawks quarterback Austin Davis (2008-11); Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Demar Dotson (2008); Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Rashod Hill (2012-15); Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Tom Johnson (2004-05); Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (2011-14); Tennessee Titans defensive back Kalan Reed (2012-15); Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard (2012-15); Los Angeles Rams receiver Mike Thomas (2014-15); and Detroit Lions defensive lineman Khyri Thornton (2010-13).