The surprise release of Steve Spagnuolo brings up the question on if some of the product that he brought with him from his time with the St. Louis Rams will go with him as well, namely linebacker Chris Chamberlain.
Chamberlain was one of the “Spags Connection” hires that came not long after the one year defensive coordinator landed in New Orleans. He was expected to help with the outside linebacker position and play the weakside as well as get the Saints defense acclimated to Spagnuolo’s complex scheme.
Of course fans only got to see Chamberlain briefly in preseason after he tore his ACL in the Saints third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was lost for the season. He registered only one tackle in preseason which was against the New England Patriots the week before.
He has been rehabbing his injured knee during the regular season and was hoping to make a return to the roster but with his old head coach out in New Orleans, Chamberlain could follow him.
Evaluations are currently being done on players as well as staff so the Saints could make a decision at anytime. Of course it’ll be hard to do an evaluation on Chamberlain since there virtually is nothing to evaluate except the preseason film.
Prior to joining the Saints, Chamberlain had the best season of his career with 64 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and one interception. So he may be given a chance at least in camp to see if he’s fully healed and ready to go.
The Saints won’t save much in cap space since Chamberlain is due with bonuses, $1.45 million in 2013 and $1.5 million in 2014. The main question will be to see if Chamberlain can fit the unyet named defensive coordinator’s 3-4 scheme.