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BREAKING: Saints free agent LB AJ Klein to sign with Buffalo Bills

The 2019 Saints defense was better when Klein was healthy.

NFL: DEC 22 Saints at Titans Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

New Orleans Saints free agent linebacker AJ Klein has reportedly signed a three-year contract to leave New Orleans for upstate New York to join the Buffalo Bills.

Klein’s veteran presence will be missed on the Saints defense, as he was solid, if unspectacular, in defending both the pass and run.

It’s completely possible the Saints let Klein leave in free agency without addressing the position via the draft of another signing, instead feeling comfortable rolling with a returning and healthy Alex Anzalone and Kaden Elliss. However, the former has been prone to injury and the latter is far from a proven commodity.

Considering the Saints were in on Jamie Collins, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the front office address the linebacker position at some point this offseason.