West is expected to receive playing time immediately with Mark Ingram under suspension for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Saints added West to a group of backs that includes Alvin Kamara, Jonathan Williams, Trey Edmunds, Daniel Lasco and Boston Scott.
The 5-foot-10, 225-pound West is a five-year veteran who was the Cleveland Browns’ third-round pick (94th overall) out of Towson in 2014, and was traded the following year to the Baltimore Ravens, where he spent the last three seasons.
West has 1,816 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 465 attempts in his NFL career, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. He also has 51 receptions for 344 yards receiving.