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Manti Te'o | Linebacker | #51

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (38) / LAC
Contract: view contract details

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Manti Te'o is expected to be the Saints' starting middle linebacker.
Beat writer Nick Underhill anticipates Te'o starting in the Saints' base defense, then leaving the field on passing downs. Saints linebackers always offer theoretical IDP upside due to increased tackle opportunities, but Te'o's two-down role severely curbs his ceiling. He is also likely to be a liability enemy offenses attack with tight ends and running backs on early-down passes. Sun, Aug 20, 2017 02:22:00 PM

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Saints signed LB Manti Te'o, formerly of the Chargers, to a two-year contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $7 million, but it only contains $600,000 in guaranteed money. Te'o is the Saints' second addition at linebacker after they signed A.J. Klein early in free agency. A replacement-level player even before he tore his Achilles' last September, Te'o will not be guaranteed a starting job. He should be ready for training camp.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 11:09:00 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports free agent ILB Manti Te'o is "close" to a deal with the Saints.

Te'o has drawn zero interest in free agency, with New Orleans his only reported visit. Recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, Te'o won't be gifted a starting job if he lands with the Saints. He'll have to earn it.
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 01:08:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports free agent ILB Manti Te'o will visit the Saints on Thursday.

The Chargers seem to have little interest in a reunion. Te'o, who's been a replacement-level player at best, will have to prove he's over his Achilles' injury before landing a contract.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o will be sidelined the rest of the season after suffering a torn Achilles' Week 3 against the Colts.

This was the expectation after he went down without contact in coverage. Te'o is the third player the Chargers have lost to an Achilles' injury already this year. It is a really tough blow for Te'o, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. Already a limited athlete, the former second-rounder will likely have to settle for a prove-it deal.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 10:34:00 AM

The expectation is Chargers ILB Manti Te'o suffered a torn Achilles' Week 3 against the Colts.

He will have an MRI on Monday to confirm, but Te'o is likely done for the season. If so, he will be the third Charger lost to a torn Achilles' this season. "Freak accidents like this, you can’t predict stuff like that," Te'o said of the injury. "It’s all about moving forward."
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 08:51:00 AM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o exited Week 3 against the Colts with an Achilles' injury.

He was out in coverage on Frank Gore before going down with the non-contact injury. It has the looks of a torn Achilles'. Jatavis Brown is in the game in Te'o's place next to fellow starter ILB Denzel Perryman.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 04:57:00 PM

ESPN's Eric Williams believes the Chargers want to retain contract-year ILB Manti Te'o.

The Chargers appeared to be looking towards the future when they spent a fourth-round pick on Joshua Perry and a fifth-rounder on Jatavis Brown, but Williams believes Plan A is to keep Te'o in the fold. Te'o has struggled to stay healthy since entering the league, but he reportedly lost some weight this offseason in an effort to improve his durability and play speed. With sophomore Denzel Perryman ready to take another step forward, the Chargers should have a solid inside-linebacker duo if Te'o can stay on the field.
Source: ESPN
Mon, May 30, 2016 10:48:00 AM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot) is tentatively expected to return for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Te'o has been sidelined since fracturing his foot against the Bills in Week 3. His return would be a big boost to a defense that was scuffling badly ahead of the bye. There's also a chance they get S Jahleel Addae (concussion), OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and OLB Melvin Ingram (hip) back as well. Streamers should be taking note, especially with the Rams at home after the Raider game.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o fractured his foot in Week 3 against the Bills, and is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Te'o isn't expected to be placed on injured reserve. Foot injuries have been a problem for Te'o. He suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in the preseason last year, missed three regular-season games, and had surgery this past offseason. The new injury is to the same foot. Te'o is purely a run stopper, and leads the Chargers with 19 tackles. Kavell Conner will take his spot on defense.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:28:00 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (sprained foot) has resumed practicing.

Te'o had been battling a left-foot issue after undergoing offseason surgery on his right foot. Te'o went down in the Bolts' second preseason game on August 15, but sounds like he'll be ready for next Monday's opener.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 03:00:00 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o suffered a left foot sprain in San Diego's second preseason game.

Te'o had offseason surgery on his right foot. "It’s not the same foot, it’s not the same injury – it’s something completely different," coach Mike McCoy insisted. Te'o is backed up by Reggie Walker and former Colt Kavell Conner.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o will be more involved in nickel packages this season.

Te'o reportedly looks faster, more comfortable and is playing with more confidence in his second NFL season. "It is time" for his role to expand, according to the Union-Tribune, who expects Te'o and Donald Butler to be the nickel linebackers. The increase in snaps makes Te'o a fine LB3 target in IDP.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 07:47:00 AM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot surgery) is participating fully in training camp.

Te'o went under the knife two weeks after the season and missed some offseason work, but says he's 100 percent now. He's down to his college weight of 235 pounds after playing at 245 last year as he fights for a three-down role. There's some LB3 appeal here in IDP formats.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot surgery) has been cleared for individual drills.

Te'o went under the knife two weeks after the Chargers' playoff loss, but has been slow to recover. It appears he underwent more than a simple clean-up procedure. It's not outside the realm of possibility Te'o begins camp on the active/PUP list, but there's been nothing to suggest he won't be ready for Week 1.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 02:14:00 PM

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