New Orleans Saints: 6 free agents that could turn into extra draft picks
Current contract: $6 million
Projected free agency contract: $6.75 million
Compensatory Draft pick: 5th round pick
Current Replacement: Kiko Alonso/Stephone Anthony
A.J. Klein is coming off his best year in the NFL last year. He had career highs in sacks, touchdowns, solo tackles, and hits on the quarterback. Because of this, Klein will be looking to upgrade his current $6.0 million contract.
The New Orleans Saints traded last year for Klein’s replacement — Kiko Alonso. In 2019, Alonso saw only four starts and 13 appearances. If Klein ends up leaving, the Saints already have a decent replacement in the lineup.
Klein could easily be a starting linebacker on any team and I think that is what is going to draw a bigger contract out of Klein this year. With the Saints already having a quality backup for him, it is likely the Saints let him sign elsewhere this year.