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Saints lose LB Fujita to Browns

Tony Grassi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Cleveland Browns have lured Saints free agent Scott Fujita. Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed.

Many around the league expected Fujita to re-sign with the Saints due to his strong ties with the Gulf South and its recovery. In 2008, the Saints players elected his as their Man of the Year for all his charitable work in the area. The Times-Picayune’s Bob Marshall wrote an article on him and his works with coastal restoration.

Fujita, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002, played four seasons with the Saints from 2006 until this past season. A four year starter with the Saints, Fujita recorded 245 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions.

What does this mean for the Saints at LB? One option is the Saints drafting a LB in this year’s draft. There is no talk thus far about the Saints pursuing any free agent LB out on the market as of now. More than likely, it’s time for a young guy like Jonathan Casillas, a surprise at training camp last season who the coaches are high on, or Stanley Arnoux, who showed great promise before suffering a season ending injury in camp last season, to shine.

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