Photos of new Saints linebacker Manti Te'o.
The New Orleans Saints have signed LB Manti Te'o to a two-year contract, it was announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Te'o, 6-1, 241, comes to New Orleans after spending his first four NFL seasons (2013-16) with the San Diego Chargers. Originally selected by the Chargers in the second round (38th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, Te'o has posted 289 tackles (169 solo), 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, 11 passes defensed, a forced fumble, 14 tackles for loss and two special teams tackles in 38 games played with 34 starts.
In 2016, the Laie, Hawaii native appeared in three games, all starts, posting 21 tackles (11 solo) and two stops for loss before seeing his season cut short due to an Achilles injury in a Week Three contest at Indianapolis. In 2015, he started all 12 games he played in and recorded a career-high and team-high 107 tackles, a half sack, one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, five tackles for loss and one coverage stop.
A four-year letterman at Notre Dame from 2009-12, Te'o appeared in 51 games with 49 starts, including opening 48 straight contests to end his career, and totaled 437 tackles (third in school history), 34 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and seven interceptions. As a senior team captain in 2012, he led the Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the BCS National Championship game. A runner-up for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, Te'o capped his final season with a host of awards including the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Maxwell Award, the Lombardi Trophy, the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Award, the Butkus Award, the Lott Trophy and the Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP Award.