New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) pursuing Lions running back Kevin Smith. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Linebacker Jonathan Casillas tendered offer to remain with New Orleans Saints

Outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas was tendered the lowest possible offer from the New Orleans Saints front office, about $1.3 million, in an effort to keep the speedy linebacker with the team  through the 2012 season.

Now that the Saints have tendered they have the option to match any offer made by another team in free agency that’s looking to sign Casillas. Also the Saints could get draft compensation if he were to sign elsewhere, but Casillas was undrafted and thus would not return a pick of any kind.

Jonathan Casillas is one of the more athletic linebacker’s the Saints have on the roster, and while he has done some good things as a starter on the weakside, injuries have continued to de-rail his production over recent seasons.

Casillas has appeared in 24 games with the Saints, starting seven, recording 63 tackles, three sacks, and two pass deflections. He missed the entire 2010 season after injuring his Achilles in the last game of the pre-season.

If he can stay healthy it should be no question that he becomes the teams primary weakside linebacker in Spagnuolo’s defense. He is quick, and can cover well, and just may have the best hands out of any of the linebackers.


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