According to Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio and the Sporting News, the New Orleans Saints are adding veteran linebacker Sam Barrington to the team. The report emerged Wednesday morning, and has been confirmed by other sources.
The Saints had two open spots from recent transactions that involved releasing Chris McCain, Brian Dixon, and most recently John Jenkins. They only claimed one player - tight end John Phillips, formerly of Denver - off of waivers on Monday.
Barrington, a 2013 seventh-round pick, has spent time with the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. He played in 22 games for the Packers between 2013-2015, starting seven for the club. He would be released during final cuts to begin the season, and was claimed by the Chiefs just two days later. However, he would only see two games and would be released on Nov. 1.
The Saints have had issues at linebacker this season, mainly health concerns with players like James Laurinaitis, Dannell Ellerbe, and Stephone Anthony being out of the picture. Barrington is an inside linebacker.