Free Agency Recap: New Names in New Orleans

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New Orleans Finally Has A Formidable Trio At The Linebacker Position

The New Orleans Saints and Who Dat Dish personally welcome LB A.J. Klein. 

What Addressing This Position Means for the Saints: 

The New Orleans Saints currently run a 4-3 defense which consists of 4 defensive linemen and 3 linebackers. They now have a new middle linebacker that’ll be dawning the black and gold. Former Carolina Panther A.J. Klein will join Craig Robertson and Dannell Ellerbe, as they now solidify the linebacker position.

Addressing this position finally means New Orleans doesn’t have to rely on the uncertainty of LB Stephone Anthony. The idea of Anthony playing the middle linebacker position wasn’t exactly peachy for the Saints and their fans. The new acquisition now puts that unfavorable option to rest.

NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 20: A.J. Klein #56 of the Carolina Panthers runs onto the field through the tunnel before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 20: A.J. Klein #56 of the Carolina Panthers runs onto the field through the tunnel before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

What A.J. Klein Brings to the Saints: 

A.J. Klein brings a whole new dynamic to the Saints linebacker position. Klein not only provides young talent, and versatility, but he provides knowledge he gained from watching one of the very best in action. For those who didn’t know, Klein had the opportunity to learn under current Panthers star, and arguably the best linebacker in football, Luke Kuechly. Not only did Klein learn under Kuechly during his time in Carolina, but served on the field when Kuechly was injured, and sufficed pretty well.

For those who don’t know, Klein was selected by the Panthers with the teams fifth round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. In his career with the Panthers, Klein has totaled 146 total tackles, 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Expect new Saints linebacker coach Mike Nolan to very much appreciate and enjoy this addition.

 What this Acquisition Means for the Team Going Forward: 

This overall, was a very good pickup for the Saints, even though I’d personally prefer the team to “double dip” at the linebacker position. Overall these acquisitions are setting New Orleans up quite well as we head into the 2017-18 NFL season.

The next addition I take a look at was absolutely needed by all accounts.

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