Saints’ contract breakdown by position: Linebackers

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Oct 2, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Craig Robertson (52) looks across the line before San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) gets the snap during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Craig Robertson (52) looks across the line before San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) gets the snap during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 2, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back B.W. Webb (28) runs the ball as New Orleans Saints inside linebacker Nate Stupar (54) defends during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back B.W. Webb (28) runs the ball as New Orleans Saints inside linebacker Nate Stupar (54) defends during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

Nate Stupar

Three years, $5,000,000, through 2018.

The Saints signed another former 7th round pick Nate Stupar, to a three year deal as a depth and special teams signing this offseason, part of their LB revamp. So far, the returns have been positive.

Stupar played last year with the Falcons, primarily as a special teams stand out. The Saints brought him in as an added special teams talent, but also with plans to play him at backup LB. When Laurinaitis missed the week 4 matchup with the Chargers, the team elected to promote Stupar over last year’s starter and first round pick Stephone Anthony. And while Stupar left plenty to be desired on the field, he played well enough for a backup. He’s strong and aggressive, and while he doesn’t have the range of a premium LB he’s generally in the right place at the right time.

His cap hit this year is a little over $1 million, and will jump up to $2 million in two years. He’s young and hard-nosed, and the team should be happy with its investment. At least early on.

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