New Orleans Saints Steal Curtis Lofton from Atlanta Falcons

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting tonight that former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton has reached a 5-year deal with the New Orleans Bounty Hunters...err...Saints. 

Terms of the deal yet to be disclosed.  Lofton became a free agent this season, and it had been reported that he was in talks with both the Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saints said they have reached agreement on a 5-year deal with former Falcons LB Curtis Lofton.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2012


Lofton lead the Falcons in tackles last season, and has been regarded as one of the top available linebackers in the league.  Hope for the Falcons re-signing Lofton began to wane when Atlanta signed veteran free agent linebacker Lofa Tatupu, and then recently agreed to terms with defensive end John Abraham. 

Lofton goes to a Saints team in a lot of turmoil and upheaval given last weeks severe penalties handed down by the NFL in regards to the bounty scandal. 

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In four seasons in Atlanta, Lofton totalled 351 tackles, 4 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions

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