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Report: Former Saints LB Curtis Lofton signing with Raiders

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According to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, former New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders.  Lofton was surprisingly released by the the Saints on Monday.

He had a $9.25 million cap number, including $4.5 million in roster bonuses due in a few days from the Black and Gold.  Now, Lofton will be sporting the black and silver out in the Bay Area.

During his three years in New Orleans after playing with the Atlanta Falcons his first four season in the league, Curtis Lofton didn’t miss a single game, leading the Saints in tackles every year — he played every game in Atlanta as well. 

He recorded 144 total tackles, one pass defended, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2014. Leadership issues seemed to be the problem for the Saints last year after parting ways with a number of veterans on defense.

Lofton was indeed the new man in command in that unit as co-captain.  The Raiders get a great presence both on and off the field in Lofton, who can help mentor the young and emerging Khalil Mack, Oakland’s first-round pick last year.

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