Former Saints LB James Laurinaitis Clears Waivers, Now A Free Agent

Former Saints LB James Laurinaitis officially passed through waivers unclaimed on Friday and is now free to sign with a team of choosing.

The Saints officially cut Laurinaitis from injured reserve on Thursday after he was medically cleared.

Given where we are in the NFL year and a number of teams dealing with injuries at linebacker, a veteran like Laurinaitis could be a big addition for a contender.

Laurinaitis, 29, is a former second-round pick of the Rams back in 2009. After seven years with the Rams, Laurinaitis signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Saints back in March.

New Orleans placed Laurinaitis on injured reserve a few weeks ago with a quad injury and he was set to make a base salary of $900,000 for the 2016 season when the Saints waived him.

In 2016, Laurinaitis has appeared in five games for the Saints and recorded 17 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 87 linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding potential landing spots for Laurinaitis as the news is available.

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