Saints To Sign LB Manti Te’o

Manti Te’o has agreed to a deal with the Saints, a source tells ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett (Twitter link). The linebacker will receive a two-year deal. "<strong

Te’o, the 38th overall pick in the 2013 draft, has been hindered by injuries throughout his career. As a rookie in 2013, Te’o suffered a foot injury in the preseason which sidelined him for the first part of the regular season. In the following year, the linebacker missed six games due to a foot fracture. In 2015, Te’o missed four games as the result of an ankle injury.

All told, the Notre Dame product has managed only 30 starts in four years with the Chargers, and he hasn’t been especially productive. Still, he ranks as the No. 7 free agent linebacker on PFR’s updated list, mostly based on potential upside.

The Saints have remade their linebacker group a bit this offseason, adding middle linebacker A.J. Klein and outside linebacker Alex Okafor. The addition of Te’o would give New Orleans nine LBs in total, for the time being. It’s not clear how New Orleans will use Te’o given the presence of Klein and last year’s starting middle linebacker Craig Robertson. Robertson, in theory, could see time on the outside, allowing Te’o to play predominantly in the middle. Klein could also see some snaps at outside linebacker, but the inside is his best position.

Dan Graziano of ESPN.com (on Twitter) first reported that a deal was close.

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14 comments on “Saints To Sign LB Manti Te’o

  1. bravesfan1998

    Man we got kikaha coming back this dude is not needed

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    • You realize Kikaha is a DE right? Teo is a MLB. Two completely different positions. Even if we went back to 3-4, Kikaha is a OLB, Teo a ILB.

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  2. FLA ALL DAY

    No wonder he signed with NO, his girl has been the starting CB for them for the past 5 years!

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  3. browns

    If this happens, the Browns should offer a late pick for Stephone Anthony

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  4. Z-A

    He only plays every other season anyway. 2nd year should be non-guaranteed.

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  5. OCTraveler

    So tired of the player who after a team drafts them and puts up with their injuries and antics and continues to pay the money both parties agreed to, leaving after they finally start to be productive.

    I hate Jerry Maguire

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  6. Trey612

    Kikaha has been move to DE ever since last year and Manti is a Middle Linebacker. So we have use for him.

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