Mauti, who has dealt with ulcerative colitis since his senior year at Penn State, hopes to return in 2017 following three surgeries, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Mauti is currently a free agent and is progressing through his recovery, but he has remained in touch with the Saints while he continues to gain weight in hopes of returning to his usual playing weight. He's still limited in terms of physical activity, but he's expecting to resume full training sometime in May.

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