Linebacker Manti Te’o has reportedly agreed to 2 year deal with the New Orleans Saints, following his 4 years with the San Diego Chargers, per NFL Insider Mike Garafolo.
Manti Te’o slated to sign a two-year deal with the Saints later today, source confirms @MikeTriplett report
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 21, 2017
After completing his entry-level contract, the Chargers decided to pass up on re-signing the Notre Dame alumni. After suffering an Achilles injury, Te’o sat out the rest of the season while only playing in 3 games. He has failed to play a full season during his 4-years in the NFL, and has had a history of injuries.
The Saints defense was one that ranked second last in the NFL, and could use a boost on the defensive end of the football field. If Te’o manages to become the durable player that he once was, the former Heisman candidate could potentially be a threat to opposing offenses.
With the 11th pick of the NFL draft and the last pick of the first round acquired via trade from New England in this years draft, the Saints are looking to strengthen their defensive core. Multiple reports have led to another trade involving both teams that could potentially send Malcolm Butler to New Orleans in return for the 11th pick.
Either way, the Saints are aiming to change the outlook of the team and again become a contending playoff squad.