After four seasons with the Chargers, Notre Dame product Manti Te’o has signed a two-year deal with the Saints.
According to ESPN, Manti Te’o has signed a 2-year deal with the New Orleans Saints after the Los Angeles Chargers chose not to re-sign the 26-year old linebacker. Dan Graziano first had the news on Monday.
I am told by a source that free-agent LB Mantei Te'o is close to a deal with the Saints, could sign Tuesday. https://t.co/AzZqvNTpCi
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 20, 2017
It’s unclear how the Saints choose to use Te’o, as they also acquired former Carolina Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein on the first day of free agency with a 3-year, $15 million deal, and they also still have Craig Robertson—last year’s starting middle linebacker and the team’s leading tackler. The Saints, however, have struggled defensively the last several years, and stockpiling more depth might make sense.
Te’o played four seasons for the Chargers after being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He’s made 34 starts in 38 games, but he’s also missed a combined 26 games in four years in the NFL. In 2016, he tore his Achilles tendon in Week 3 and missed the rest of the season.
He’s recorded 221 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks in his NFL career.