Saints Tried Out 4 Linebackers Including Casey Matthews & John Lotulelei

Nick Underhill reports that the Saints brought in four linebackers for tryouts on Wednesday including James-Michael Johnson, John Lotulelei, Casey Matthews, and Jason Trusnik.

Matthews, 27, is a former fourth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2011. He signed a one-year deal worth $825,000 with the Vikings back in March of last year but wound up spending the entire 2015 season on injured reserve after he suffered a hip injury.

In 2014, Matthews appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and recorded 53 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the N0. 47 inside linebacker out of 60 qualifying players.

Lotulelei, 24, originally signed on with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of UNLV back in April of 2013. He managed to make the Seahawks’ 53-man roster that year, but lasted just a few months into the regular season before he was waived and later claimed by the Jaguars.

Jacksonville waived him with the injury designation back in October but later released from their injured reserve list with a settlement. Lotulelei caught on with the Raiders towards the end of last year.

In 2015, Lotulelei was active for four games but did not record a single statistic.

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