Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards said he was actively involved in an effort to sign free agent quarterback Bobby Hebert of the USFL to play with the New Orleans Saints. Edwards said he had discussed the matter earlier in the day with Saints owner Tom Benson and was trying to reach Hebert to get approval to talk with his agent.

Hebert, 24, worked out with the Saints during the weekend at their training camp. He said he wanted to play for them but any deal would be negotiated by his agent, Greg Campbell. Hebert and Campbell also have talked with the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Raiders.

" . . . He is the premier star of Louisiana and his presence on the team would make the Saints a Louisiana team and it would be more of an opportunity for him," Edwards told United Press International.

Hebert grew up in Cut Off, La., and played for Northwestern State University in Natchitoches . . .

Former Maryland quarterback Frank Reich, a third-round draft choice, has signed a series of one-year contracts with the Buffalo Bills. Financial terms were not disclosed. Reich, a 6-foot-3, 208-pounder, completed 132 of 210 passes for 1,704 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career at Maryland.