Saints To Release James Laurinaitis, If Cleared

Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis will see a doctor this week and, if deemed healthy, he will be released off injured reserve and permitted to sign elsewhere, sources tell Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). James Laurinaitis (vertical)

Laurinaitis suffered a quad injury in September and his late October return fell flat, leading New Orleans to park him on IR. Apparently, he feels that he is healthy enough to play again, but the Saints cannot reactivate him after already using their IR-DTR spot on Sheldon Rankins.

Laurinaitis joined New Orleans on a three-year deal this spring with a base value of $8.5MM. The contract included a $1.8MM signing bonus, so the Saints have forked over about ~$2MM in total on their failed investment.

Prior to his issues this year, the ex-Ohio State standout never missed a game or a start since entering the league in 2009, suiting up 112 consecutive times. Last year, he turned in his seventh 100-tackle campaign in a row. If he’s truly healthy, Laurinaitis can be an impact addition for a contender in need of defensive help.

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11 comments on “Saints To Release James Laurinaitis, If Cleared

  1. dwilson10

    Bring him to Pittsburgh. They need all the defensive help they can possibly get, especially with Heyward being out for the rest of the year.

  2. JayJayXV

    Come to the Jets!

  3. stubby66

    The Packers need him but like always GM ego will keep them from adding him

  4. Big deal

    You have no idea what your talking about. First its not a failed signing he was brought in for leadership and the possibility he had another year or so in him! So when you report do your job and think it through. Second PFR is horrible that only gets clicks bc of your dumb lies. If u need help u have my email address

    • Big deal

      Also He was brought in to be a leader to the 2nd youngest defense in the league. And he has done his job he still is one of tye vocal leaders in locker room

      • STLCards33

        And he got hurt. It’s a failed investment. And that’s why he’s getting released. Quit being butthurt

        • Big Deal

          Im not but hurt fool. Did u even read what i wrote!? Hes not getting released asshole. This is a bogus wedsite that makes up stuff. We have a better MLB in Roberson.

  5. bravesfan1998

    Maaan he’s good please still be hurt.

  6. Bengal_Bob

    we’ll sure take him in cincy

  7. stryk3istrukuout

    Headline should be, “Horrible NFL defense set to release one of few talented defensive players they had”.

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