Top 5 Worst Free Agent Signings in the Sean Payton Era

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June 6, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebackers Scott Shanle (58) , Will Herring (54) and Chris Chamberlain (56) during a minicamp session at the team

#5 – Chris Chamberlain (2012)

Chris Chamberlain was a promising find for the New Orleans Saints, as he had just come off a career best season with the St. Louis Rams. Chamberlain finished 2011 with 81 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. Chamberlain had started in 16 games over four seasons with the Rams.

Chamberlain signed a 3-year, $4.05M contract with the Saints on March 23, 2012. He would suffer a torn ACL in a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After rehab, the team was set for Chamberlain’s impact in 2013. We would never see it, as Chamberlain tore his ACL in training camp, and would be released on September 4, 2013 for ‘failure to disclose physical condition’.

One can argue that Chamberlain wasn’t exactly an original player in the SPE, mainly because of the Bounty Gate situation. However, when Payton came back, he ultimately helped decide Chamberlain’s fate.

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