The New Orleans Saints made their second move of free agency on Wednesday by announcing the addition of linebacker Nate Stupar.
The team’s website reported the news, stating that the team signed Stupar to a 3-year contract. Nathan Stupar, who turned 28 on March 14, has been in the league since 2012. He was originally the Oakland Raiders seventh-round draft pick (230th overall) out of Penn State, but would bounce around to several teams before he found more stable work with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 after being claimed from waivers. Stupar played in 12 games, but was later released prior to the 2014 season.
Stupar was added to the Atlanta Falcons roster just one day later, and spent two seasons with the team. He appeared in 31 of 32 games, and primarily had presence on special teams. Stupar actually played in nearly 25 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015, primarily in games towards the end of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers.
It may not have been the signing that Saints fans were hoping for, but clearly the situation was right for both parties to agree to terms. Perhaps Michael Mauti, who was a teammate of Stupar in 2010 and 2011, had a hand in this move.
The Saints also officially announced the Luke McCown signing, which was a 2-year deal reported nearly a week ago.