Saints Worked Out LBs Dekoda Watson & Darnell Sankey


According to Aaron Wilson, the Saints worked out linebackers Darnell Sankey and Dekoda Watson on Wednesday. 

Watson, 31, is a former seventh-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2010. He wound up playing out his rookie contract with the team before signings on with the Jaguars in March of 2014.

After brief stints with the Cowboys, Patriots, and Broncos, Watson signed a three-year, $6 million contract that included $1 million guaranteed with the 49ers last year. He stood to make a base salary of $1.45 million in 2019. 

Denver traded for Watson back in April for a fifth-round pick but was cut last during the preseason. 

Since becoming a free agent, Watson has worked out for the Texans and Broncos but left both teams without a contract. 

In 2018, Watson appeared in four games for the 49ers and recorded six total tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. 

Sankey, 24, originally signed on with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Sacramento State. Unfortunately, Denver chose to waive him as they trimmed down to 75 players.

The Raiders later signed him to their practice squad a few weeks into the regular season before cutting him loose in October of 2016. He signed to the Chiefs practice squad after a couple of months but was released after a brief time with the team. 

The Vikings signed him to a contract in August of 2017 but elected to cut him loose after a few weeks. He was on and off of the Colts roster before catching on with the Ravens in November 2017, but cut loose after a few months.

He signed a futures deal with the Colts in January of last year but was waived during the offseason. Sankey later caught on with the Lions’ and Saints’ practice squads but was cut from New Orleans last month. 

During his four-year college career, Sankey recorded 330 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries an interception and nine pass defenses. Sankey earned FCS All-America honors during his senior season at Sacramento State.

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