Te‘o reportedly agrees to two-year deal with Saints
By BRETT MARTEL
The Associated Press
METAIRIE, La. — Free-agent linebacker Manti Te’o has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.
New Orleans also is bringing back free-agent cornerback Sterling Moore. Moore’s agent, Andy Simms, said Moore has agreed to a one-year deal.
Te’o, a former Notre Dame star and graduate of Punahou School, has played 38 games during four NFL seasons, all with San Diego, where he’s made 221 solo or assisted tackles, including 1 1/2 sacks. He has two interceptions.
Last season, an Achilles injury limited the 6-foot-1, 241-pound Te’o to three games.
In New Orleans, Te’o will work with linebackers coach Mike Nolan, who held the same post with the Chargers two seasons ago. Te’o had his most productive NFL season in 2015, making 83 total tackles in 12 games.
It remains to be seen how the Saints will use the 26-year-old Te’o. Incumbent starting middle linebacker Craig Robertson remains on the roster and New Orleans also added middle linebacker A.J. Klein when free agency began.