Saints Cutting DEs Anthony Chickillo & Mario Edwards

     

According to Adam Schefter, the Saints are releasing veteran DE Anthony Chickillo on Saturday. 

Ian Rapoport reports that New Orleans also informed DE Mario Edwards that they are parting ways with him. 

Rapoport adds that New Orleans mentioned Edwards as a trade candidate but could sign him to their practice squad. 

Chickillo, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2015. He was waived at the start of the 2015 season and later signed to the team’s practice squad.

From there, Chickillo was promoted to the Steelers’ active roster a few weeks into the 2015 season. Chickillo signed a two-year, $8 million extension with the Steelers last year. 

The Steelers released Chickillo back in March and he signed a deal with the Saints in May. 

In 2019, Chickillo appeared in 11 games for the Steelers and recorded 15 tackles and a half sack.

Edwards, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Raiders back in 2015. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $6.017 million rookie contract when the Raiders cut him loose during the 2018 preseason. 

He was quickly claimed off of waivers by the Giants in September and played out the season in New York. 

The Saints signed him to a two-year, $5 million deal in March of last year and was entering the final year of his contract. 

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Edwards freed up $2,345,000 in cap space and created $895,000 in dead money. 

In 2019, Edwards appeared in 14 games and recorded eight total tackles, two tackles for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble. 

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