The Saints signed linebacker Jayrone Elliott to a futures deal, as Nick Underhill of The Advocate tweets. The former Packer and Cowboy is now slated to be a part of the team’s 90-man roster and will push to make the final 53-man cut in September.
Elliott joined the Packers as a UDFA in 2014 and appeared in 38 games for the team over the course of three years. Before the final cuts in 2017, Elliott was shipped to the Cowboys in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick. The Packers never collected on that pick, however, as Elliott was cut after two games.
After getting dumped by Dallas, Elliott hit the workout circuit with auditions for the Seahawks, Colts, Jets, 49ers, Texans, Redskins, Patriots, Giants, Saints, Chiefs, Broncos, and Browns. Although more than 1/3 of the league kicked the tires on him, Elliott did not sign with any other club in 2017.
Elliott amassed four sacks and 47 tackles in his three years with Green Bay. He’s not a superstar, but the Saints know the value of having depth at the linebacker position after losing Hau’oli Kikaha, A.J. Klein, Nathan Stupar, and Alex Anzalone to IR at various points in 2017.
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