Linebacker James Laurinaitis set to join Saints


Former Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis is signing with the New Orleans Saints.

According to multiple reports, and confirmed by Laurinaitis via his Twitter account, the seven-year veteran will be joining the Saints after he was released by the Rams last month.

Laurinaitis has been incredibly durable despite playing a position more prone to high-speed collisions than others. He’s started all 112 games of his career without missing a single game and rarely missed any snaps on defense. He’s posted 852 tackles – at least 109 in every season he’s played – with 16.5 sacks, 10 interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Laurinaitis should help improve a defense that was absolutely atrocious in 2015. The Saints ranked 31st in total defense (413.4 yards per game) and 32nd in points per game allowed (29.8).