According to multiple sources, the New Orleans Saints have reached a 2-year deal with free agent linebacker Manti Te’o, formerly of the Chargers. ESPN’s Mike Triplett first reported the deal, which has since been confirmed by The Advocate’s Nick Underhill.
Te’o, who just turned 26 in January, finished up his four-year rookie deal with San Diego, and garnered interest from the Saints on the first day of free agency. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported on Monday that the two were close on a deal, and KHON2’s Rob DeMello broke news that confirmed Te’o was headed to New Orleans.
The Notre Dame product has ties with new linebackers coach Mike Nolan from 2015, and will have plenty to prove after coming off of a torn Achilles’ last season. The Saints have quietly been big players during the offseason, and have primarily placed an emphasis on defense.
Along with Te’o, the recently acquired A.J. Klein, CFL acquisition Adam Bighill, and reserve/future players like Travis Feeney will look to compete for the Saints linebacking corps in 2017.
Our own ‘Rev’ Deuce Windham will have a complete film study on Te’o in the next few days.