After two years with the New Orleans Saints, linebacker Manti Te’o is a free agent. The 28-year old has had contact with a few teams who could be potential fits.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the former Notre Dame superstar recently visited with the Detroit Lions. He is also set to visit with the Oakland Raiders, per the report.
Those Raiders have been particularly active as of late. The team made a huge splash by trading for Pittsburgh Steelers superstar receiver Antonio Brown.
On Tuesday, the club signed another player at Te’o’s position: former Cincinnati Bengal Vontaze Burfict.
Lions hosted Saints free agent LB Manti Te’o on a visit, per @FieldYates. Te’o had also scheduled a visit with the Raiders, per @RapSheet. Probably expendable in New Orleans because of depth at middle LB, but still a quality player.
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 20, 2019
Manti Te’o has been a relatively productive player since entering the NFL in 2013.
The Notre Dame product was a second round pick by the then-San Diego Chargers, coming off of an All-American season.
After four years with the Chargers, he signed a two year deal with the Saints, which has expired.
Through six NFL season, Te’o has 301 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions. He missed much of 2018 with the Saints, appearing in just five games due to a knee injury, and then a number of healthy scratches, as the Saints opted to carry more defensive backs and fewer linebackers.
He can still be a valuable depth piece at the position, and should catch on somewhere soon.