The New Orleans Saints have added some needed depth at middle linebacker, snatching a player away from a division rival in the process. Curtis Lofton will be making an inter-division move, going from the Atlanta Falcons to the Saints. New Orleans signed him to a five-year contract on Saturday.
Saints said they have reached agreement on a 5-year deal with former Falcons LB Curtis Lofton.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2012
New Orleans has a solid starting middle linebacker in Jonathan Vilma, but his status for next season is uncertain. He was one of the key players in the Saints' bounty scandal. Sean Payton and Gregg Williams will both be suspended for the entirety of this upcoming season, but player suspensions have not been handed down yet. Vilma was found to have offered up his own money as part of a bounty, so he's likely to miss some time this year.
Lofton has been a key contributor for the Falcons in all four of his years with the team. He has started 63 out of 64 professional games in his career and he recorded 147 tackles in 2011.
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