A day after he was cut by the Saints, linebacker Khairi Fortt has been claimed off waivers by the Bengals, according to the team (Twitter link). To make room for the incoming rookie, Cincinnati has placed linebacker Sean Porter on injured reserve with a knee injury.
The Saints’ decision to cut Fortt was an odd one, particularly because of the timing. New Orleans drafted the linebacker out of California in the fourth round back in May, and used its lone IR/designated to return spot on him at the start of the season after he suffered a leg injury. However, with Fortt just a week away from being eligible to return to practice, he was waived by the Saints, allowing him to catch on with the Bengals.
While the Saints must have some reason for parting ways with Fortt, it looks like an odd use of both a fourth-round draft pick and their IR-DTR slot. According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com (via Twitter), the ex-Saint is expected to pass his physical with his new team, so it seems as if there’s a chance he’ll see the field for the Bengals within the next few weeks.