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Saints sign former Steelers LB Anthony Chickillo to one-year deal

A new face joins the Saints linebacker room as they sign Anthony Chickillo after five years in Pittsburgh.

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Per Adam Schefter, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo has signed with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal.

Drafted in 2015, Chickillo is designated as a linebacker but spent most of his time as a core special teamer for the Steelers. When he did find himself on the field for the Pittsburgh defense (only 1,053 defensive snaps in his career), it was as a 3-4 edge rusher. In his 65 games played, he has started 9 and produced 8 sacks with 11 tackles for a loss. He has also caused 3 fumbles in process.

According to Chickillo’s Pro Football Focus profile, he has played over 1,200 special teams snaps in his career already with over 200 in each of the last four years. He has graded as a quality special teamer with 25 tackles and only one penalty.

The former Miami Hurricane looks to be coming to New Orleans as an additional camp body at this time, but will enter the an edge rusher group that has been looking for its clear and consistent third option. Feels unlikely right now that he will surface as that option, however.

Chickillo did have to navigate some legal issues last year after he was arrested during the Steeler’s bye week. He was then placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after an alleged altercation with his then girlfriend. However, all of the charges against him were dropped and he was removed from the list just a couple of weeks later in November.

The 6-foot-3 255-pound edge rusher will have to impress immediately and consistently if he wants grab a spot among a very busy defensive line this offseason.

The Saints will have to make a corresponding move to make room for this signing as they were already at 90 following the addition of Ty Montgomery and subsequent release of Mitchell Loewen.

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