Saints agree to terms with LB Anthony Chickillo
The New Orleans Saints are adding another linebacker into the mix, as they’ve agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told reporters on Thursday.
Chickillo’s deal will last one year. The financial terms of his deal are not yet known.
The Steelers drafted Chickillo out of Miami (FL) in 2015, and he played in 65 games in his five years in Pittsburgh.
Most of his playing time has been on special teams. In 2019, he played on 51.65% of the Steelers’ special teams plays, which was good for fifth on the team. That was down from the 71.24% from 2018, which was the second-highest for the Steelers.
Chickillo, 27, played in 11 games last season, missing one game after he was arrested on counts of simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in October 2019. Chickillo was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list for a week after the incident, but was reinstated to the active roster after the domestic violence charges were withdrawn.
He missed the other games in Weeks 3-5 due to a foot injury and Week 10 due to a rib injury.
In total, Chickillo has 7½ career sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hits, three fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and 97 total tackles.
The Saints will have to make a corresponding move to officially sign Chickillo, as the team is already at the 90-man roster limit. It is not yet known who the corresponding move will be.