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New Orleans Saints are reportedly Shopping LB Curtis Lofton

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Unexpectedly, the Saints are reportedly shopping one of the team's successful linebackers and veteran leaders.

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Curtis Lofton, a veteran leader on the team, hasn't missed a single game in an eight year professional career as a member of the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.  He is one of those rare players who has managed to stay healthy and perform week after week, despite playing almost 1100 snaps in Rob Ryan's defense last year.  In 2014, the 28-year-old linebacker had 145 tackles (100 solo, 45 assists), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 16 games played.  He also added a pass defense and nine stuffs.

Lofton is currently signed through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018.  But his contract will cost the Saints $9.25 million against the salary cap in 2015, which is likely the incentive for any trades they are considering.  Still, that figure against the cap could drop, if the Saints converts a $4.5 million roster bonus into a signing bonus.

The Saints are looking at roughly $5 Million in "dead money" if they release him outright.  So a trade is definitely the way to go, if it is indeed time to move on.