Curtis Lofton LB NO 6 Months

Saints ILB Curtis Lofton led the team in 2013 defensive snaps played, seeing 95.8 percent of the action for DC Rob Ryan.

Saints RE Cameron Jordan was next in snaps at 92.1 percent. Lofton calls New Orleans' plays on defense and has audible power over what Ryan sends in. Still only 27 years old -- he turns 28 in June -- Lofton is signed for a reasonable $3.3 million in 2014. He's never missed a game due to injury in his career, and finished 2013 with 125 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble.

Curtis Lofton LB NO May 31 '13

Saints ILB Curtis Lofton is learning multiple positions in the team's new 3-4 defense.

Lofton will primarily be an inside linebacker in Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme, but says he's being cross-trained at outside linebacker as well. "you never know where we are going to be at. It gives us a lot of fluid to switch in and out," said Lofton regarding the new defense. Despite his ability to move outside, expect Lofton to spend the majority of his time in the middle where he's best suited to play.

Curtis Lofton LB NO Feb 15 '13

Saints ILB Curtis Lofton agreed to convert a $5 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, lowering his 2013 salary cap number.

The move cost Lofton no money, but will affect the Saints' future salary cap. It did clear $4 million for 2013. Lofton, who turns 27 in June, finished his first season as a Saint with 123 tackles, two forced fumbles, and seven pass breakups. He'll be a 3-4 inside linebacker in new DC Rob Ryan's scheme.

Curtis Lofton LB NO Aug 21 '12

Saints MLB Curtis Lofton (high ankle sprain) insists he could play this week if it was a regular season game.

"I'm feeling good," Lofton said. "Just doing what I'm told. Just taking care of it. It's still preseason so it's still early. But once Week 1 rolls around, I'll be ready to go." Lofton said he played through a similar injury in the final three games of last season.

Curtis Lofton LB NO Aug 20 '12

Saints MLB Curtis Lofton will miss the remainder of preseason with a high ankle sprain.

"We certainly think Curtis will be ready for the first game," interim coach Joe Vitt assured. We'll see. High ankle sprains can cost players 4-8 weeks, and the Saints' September 9 regular season opener against the Redskins is 20 days away. Ramon Humber will stand in as New Orleans' starting middle linebacker. Humber is suspended for the first three games of the year.

Curtis Lofton LB NO May 24 '12

Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne are working as the two passing-down linebackers in the Saints' nickel package at OTAs.

MIKE linebacker Lofton and weak-side starter Hawthorne will be every-down 'backers, with SLB Scott Shanle exiting in nickel sets. It's particularly notable for Lofton because he was considered weak in coverage in Atlanta. The Saints like him plenty in that role, and he should lead the club in tackles this year.

Curtis Lofton LB NO Apr 24 '12

Interim coach Joe Vitt suggested LB Curtis Lofton would move to the strong side when Jonathan Vilma is healthy and in the lineup.

If Vilma is suspended, as expected, Lofton will move back to the middle with David Hawthorne on the weak side and Scott Shanle on the strong side. Chris Chamberlain, signed away from the Rams, could end up competing for snaps with Shanle.

Curtis Lofton LB NO Mar 24 '121 Comment

Saints agreed to terms with MLB Curtis Lofton on a five-year contract.

Curtis Lofton LB NO Mar 24 '12

The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings gives the Buccaneers a ''50-percent chance'' of signing free agent MLB Curtis Lofton.

The Buccaneers reportedly made an offer to Lofton on March 15, but progress between the two sides has ''cooled'' ever since. Despite his reputation as a ''two-down player,'' Lofton has never missed a game in career, and finished 13th among middle linebackers in defensive snaps. His only other known visit this offseason was with the Saints.

Curtis Lofton LB NO Mar 20 '12

According to the Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman, the Bucs remain interested in free agent MLB Curtis Lofton.

The Bucs reportedly "cooled" their pursuit of Lofton last Tuesday, but Kaufman says they remain interested "at their price." Lofton visited the Saints over the weekend, but has otherwise been greeted by a soft market. His price and the Bucs' price could soon align.