A.J. Klein, linebacker
This name might have a lot of you wondering how Klein could fall on this list after the kind of season that he had. All year, Klein showed up in big moments making big stops for the New Orleans Saints on key drives.
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He finished the year with 67 tackles, just three less than his career-high, 2.5 sacks which is a career-high, one interception for a touchdown, and hit the quarterback a career-high seven times. You could say that this is the best year of Klein’s career.
While that was a big part of the Saints’ success. Going into a contract year, Klein is going to require that kind of money to the talent level he is currently playing at. Unfortunately, the Saints already own linebackers Kiko Alonso and Demario Davis north of $10 million each.
The Saints don’t have the cap room to add another plus-$10 million linebacker to the core, especially with the way they have trained Craig Robertson and Stephone Anthony, and they will get Alex Alanzone back from the injured reserve.
While Klein has been a fantastic player for the New Orleans Saints, it is in both the teams and Klein’s interest to mutually part ways so that he can go get the money he deserves for his talents.