Lions sign former Saints LB Alex Anzalone


As the Lions remake their linebacker corps, head coach Dan Campbell is counting on a familiar face.

Detroit has agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with former Saints LB Alex Anzalone, according to Mike Garafolo.

Anzalone tallied 41 tackles in 16 games last season for New Orleans while playing half the defensive snaps. He also made nine tackles in two playoff games and played a large role on special teams.

A third-round pick of the Saints in 2017, Anzalone joined the team one year after Campbell arrived as assistant head coach.

The Lions have overhauled the linebackers room this offseason under Campbell and GM Brad Holmes, cutting Christian Jones and letting Jarrad Davis and Reggie Ragland depart as free agents.

The two most prominent returners are Jamie Collins and Jahlani Tavai.

Anzalone is the second former Saint to reunite with Campbell in free agency, joining tight end Josh Hill.

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