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Alex Okafor | Linebacker | #57

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/8/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 261
College: Texas
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (103) / ARZ
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Saints re-signed DE Alex Okafor to a two-year contract.
Okafor visited the Bucs this week but is coming back to New Orleans on a deal worth "up to" $10 million. The 27-year-old tore his Achilles' in November and is likely to miss much of the offseason before returning sometime during training camp. Okafor was one of Pro Football Focus' top-graded 4-3 ends in the league before going down in Week 11. He recorded 4.5 sacks on 486 snaps. Mar 16 - 12:04 PM

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Free agent DE Alex Okafor will visit the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Bucs GM Jason Licht was involved in drafting Okafor when he was in the Cardinals' organization. Okafor also has ties to DL coach Brentson Buckner, who coached him in Arizona for four years. Coming off a torn Achilles, the 26-year-old's market has been somewhat slow to develop. So far the Bucs and Saints have shown the most interest.
Mar 14 - 9:50 PM

Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints are interested in re-signing DE Alex Okafor.

Teope said Okafor is drawing interest "around the league" but wouldn't say which teams are interested. The 26-year-old was on his way to a career year before a torn Achilles landed him on I.R. last season. GM Mickey Loomis made clear that New Orleans will address its pass-rushing need either in the draft or free agency.
Mar 14 - 7:07 PM

Saints placed DE Alex Okafor on injured reserve with a torn Achilles, ending his season.

He was hurt in Sunday's win over Washington. Okafor was having a nice bounce-back year before the injury, earning PFF's No. 14 grade out of 64 qualifiers at 4-3 defensive end. The 2013 fourth-round pick will hit free agency this offseason.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 06:34:00 PM

Saints DE Alex Okafor suffered a torn Achilles' Week 11 against the Redskins.

Signed to a one-year deal in March, Okafor had been a revelation for the Saints, recording 4.5 sacks and getting consistent pressure since New Orleans' defense turned things around in Week 3. It is a tough blow for a player who likely would have been able to cash in this spring, and it leaves the Saints with another injury question mark on defense.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 09:22:00 AM

The Saints are planning to have an open competition at defensive end opposite Cam Jordan.

"We're trying to find somebody that can hold down that other side opposite Cam," said DC Dennis Allen. "We've got a lot of good candidates, and we'll let the competition play out." Paul Kruger started opposite Jordan in 2016 but his contract wasn't renewed after the season. Alex Okafor, Obum Gwacham and third-round pick Trey Hendrickson are all in the conversation while Hau'oli Kikaha will also be a factor when he recovers from ACL surgery.
Sun, May 14, 2017 11:50:00 AM

Saints signed OLB/DE Alex Okafor, formerly of the Cardinals.

A fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2013, Okafor recorded eight sacks as a sophomore. His sack production has decreased the last two seasons, but he remained a disruptive rusher. Okafor is a solid depth signing with some upside.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 10:52:00 AM

Free agent OLB Alex Okafor is visiting the Saints Monday.

A fourth-round pick in 2013, Okafor has just 5.5 sacks combined the last two seasons, but he took down the quarterback eight times in 13 games in 2014. He would be a low-cost, upside signing for a defense which needs pass rushers.
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 08:38:00 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have "exploratory" interest in free agent DE/OLB Alex Okafor.

Coming off his rookie deal, Okafor would be making the switch from Arizona's 3-4 defense to a 4-3 in Miami. Okafor played just 231 snaps in 2016, but has 13.5 sacks over the past three years and is only 26 years old.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 06:29:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor is planning to play through his torn biceps.

It's still unclear when Okafor will be ready to get back into action, but he is opting for rest and rehab over surgery. The Cardinals will presumably hope Okafor can handle 15-20 snaps per game behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 02:40:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor has a torn biceps.

Coach Bruce Arians said the team is still determining if Okafor needs surgery, which would likely knock him out for the season. After an eight-sack sophomore campaign, Okafor managed two sacks during an injury-shortened 2015. He is Arizona's No. 3 outside linebacker behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 12:06:00 AM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor confirmed he is "100 percent" recovered from the toe injury he suffered in January.

Okafor was mysteriously placed on the reserve/NFI list prior to the Cardinals' opening playoff game. He refused to get into the specifics of the injury, but the NFI designation suggests he hurt himself away from the team during the first-round bye. Now healthy, Okafor will fill a rotational role behind starters Chandler Jones and Markus Golden.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Cardinals placed OLB Alex Okafor on the reserve/NFI list with a toe injury, ending his season.

It's a very surprising move, as Okafor just started in Week 17. He's been deactivated with the "non-football injury" designation, a strange move at this time of year. Okafor apparently suffered a season-ending issue away from the team during last week's bye. Okafor played 622 snaps, registering two sacks. His loss mostly hurts for depth purposes, as DE Cory Redding (ankle) is also done for the year.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 01:27:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Alex Okafor (strained calf) will be sidelined 2-4 weeks.

Okafor's injury prompted the signing of veteran Dwight Freeney. Okafor has two sacks on 271 snaps this season. At best, he's a league average pass rusher.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 02:35:00 PM

OLB Alex Okafor exited the Cardinals' Week 5 game against the Lions with a right calf injury and will not return.

He'll finish the afternoon with three tackles. Look for Kareem Martin to take over at right outside linebacker. Okafor is headed for an MRI on Monday.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 06:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Cameron Jordan
2Alex Okafor
3Hau'oli Kikaha
4Trey Hendrickson
5George Johnson
DT1Sheldon Rankins
2Tyeler Davison
3David Onyemata
4Woodrow Hamilton
5Devaroe Lawrence
MLB1Demario Davis
2Manti Te'o
3Shayne Skov
4Sae Tautu
WLB1Craig Robertson
2Alex Anzalone
3Adam Bighill
SLB1A.J. Klein
2Michael Mauti
3Nathan Stupar
4Jayrone Elliott
CB1Marshon Lattimore
2Ken Crawley
3Patrick Robinson
4P.J. Williams
5De'Vante Harris
FS1Marcus Williams
2Kurt Coleman
3Mykkele Thompson
SS1Vonn Bell
2Chris Banjo
3Rickey Jefferson
P1Thomas Morstead