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Saints add LB depth, sign Nigel Bradham

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Bradham’s spent eight seasons in Philadelphia, Buffalo before calling New Orleans home in 2020

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Linebacker help is on the way, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Saints have signed veteran LB Nigel Bradham to a one-year deal.

Bradham’s spent the last four years in Philadelphia, totaling 290 tackles in his four years with the Eagles. His 2019 was derailed by an ankle injury suffered in October against the Vikings, but he was able to return and play in the final six weeks of the season (including Philly’s playoff loss to the Seahawks). Bradham did make his mark on the season, however, getting a crucial game-ending interception off Aaron Rodgers in a Week 4 win at Lambeau Field. He ended 2019 with 44 tackles, 0 sacks and the lone aforementioned interception.

Before his injury-plauged 2019, Bradham had registered at least 70 tackles in each of his first four seasons in Philadelphia after spending the first four years of his career playing in Buffalo.

Bradham joins a Saints linebacker corps that lost A.J. Klein to the Bills and has had its share of injuries in the past, with Alex Anzalone having missed 26 games in three seasons and Kiko Alonso missing four games in 2019. Linebacker was a pressing need going into the offseason for the Saints. While the Saints did draft Zack Baun out of Wisconsin in the third round, having more depth can only be a good thing if the injuries for Anzalone and Alonso start to become a problem again.

Check back for an update once contract details on the one-year deal have been released.