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Saints visit with ex-Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu

Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu is healthy and ready to play football again. He may do so for the reshaping defense in New Orleans.

According to Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com, the 29-year-old linebacker visited the Saints on Monday. Tatupu sat out the 2011 season after he was granted his requested release in Seattle after refusing to take a pay cut during training camp.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Tatupu's career has been derailed by injuries.

Tatupu (6-0, 250) had surgery on both knees during the offseason leading up to the 2011 year. The former USC star missed 11 games in 2009 with a torn pectoral muscle.

The Saints are expected to address a perceived talent deficit at the linebacking spot on their roster this offseason. New Orleans hired Steve Spaguolo as new defensive coordinator to replace Gregg Williams, who left to take the same position with the St. Louis Rams.


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