Atlanta Falcons free-agent linebacker Curtis Lofton has joined the New Orleans Saints on a five-year deal, the team announced Saturday.
His acquisition could lead to the departure of middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
“Curtis is a versatile, hard-working player that has displayed a knack for being around the football, and more importantly, making plays on the ball,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said.
“He has the ability to play all three linebacker positions, and we feel that he’s just entering the prime of his career. We think he can come to New Orleans and fit in well and provide us with a significant contribution to our defense.”
Lofton, 25, is an athletic, productive player who recorded 147 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions last season.
In four NFL seasons, the former University of Oklahoma standout has piled up 492 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and seven forced fumbles.
Report: Caleb Hanie to backup Peyton
Former Chicago Bears reserve quarterback Caleb Hanie has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos to back up Peyton Manning.
Hanie, 26, played collegiately at Colorado State
He struggled last season when forced into the lineup when Jay Cutler was sidelined, passing for three touchdowns and nine interceptions with 613 yards for a 41.8 quarterback rating. He rushed for 98 yards and one touchdown.
The Bengals signed former Indianapolis defensive end Jamaal Anderson on Saturday and agreed to another contract with defensive tackle Pat Sims, who had been an unrestricted free agent.
Anderson was Atlanta's first-round pick in 2007. He played four seasons for the Falcons before moving to Indianapolis for last season. He started one game for the Colts and had three sacks overall.
Sims has spent his four seasons with Cincinnati, starting a total of 23 games. He played in the first 11 last season, including one start, before an ankle injury ended his season. He had 28 tackles and one sack.
The Bengals have lost defensive ends Jonathan Fanene (Patriots) and Frostee Rucker (Browns) during free agency.
Bills re-sign RB Tashard Choice
The Buffalo Bills are re-signing running Tashard Choice.
Choice rushed for 7 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown and seven catches for 51 yards in six games with Buffalo last season after being claimed off of waivers from the Washington Redskins in November.