Klein was expected to sign with the Saints but had to wait until the new league year began on Thursday to make the deal official. Klein backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers and will now be looking for a larger role in New Orleans. The Saints were a middle-of-the-pack rushing defense in 2016 and will look to Klein to provide a run-stuffing threat in the middle of the defense.
Klein is expected to sign with the Saints on Thursday, ESPN reports.
Klein spent spent most of his four-year stint in Carolina filling a special teams role and backing up four-time Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker. Klein appears to be set to fill a larger role in New Orleans, however, as the Saints have historically had issues stopping the run, and could use the linebacker's 6-1, 240 pound frame to close gaps for opposing running backs.
Klein posted seven tackles (four solo) and one sack Sunday against the Chargers.
Klein enjoyed his best statistical outing of this season in his third straight start in place of Luke Kuechly (concussion) Sunday. His seven tackles trailed only two teammates and his sack marked his first of the current campaign.
Klein (concussion) has passed the league's concussion protocol and will start Sunday's game in place of Luke Kuechly (concussion), David Newton of ESPN reports.
Klein will line up at middle linebacker along side Shaq Thompson and Thomas Davis in what should be a challenging matchup against an often explosive Oakland offense.
Klein (concussion) is considered questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Raiders, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Klein is on pace to play Sunday after being a full participant in practice throughout the week. He could get the start at middle linebacker with Luke Kuechly (concussion) sidelined.
|P1||8/10/17||@ CLE||8:00 pm|
|P2||8/20/17||@ LAC||8:00 pm|
|1||9/11/17||@ MIN||7:10 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ MIA||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|14||12/7/17||@ ATL||8:25 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|