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Panthers’ A.J. Klein will sign with New Orleans

Free agent Carolina Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (56) has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to reports.
Free agent Carolina Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (56) has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to reports. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

A.J. Klein is be moving on.

The Carolina Panthers linebacker said last month on Sirius XM Radio that he hoped to find a starting spot elsewhere in free agency. He had served his time with Carolina mostly as a backup to Luke Kuechly.

On Thursday, national NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted a sourced report that Klein will sign with NFC South rival New Orleans after free agency opens that day at 4 p.m.

Klein confirmed the report himself with an Instagram post later that afternoon.

 

Excited to be a Saint! Looking forward to 2017 season! #whodat

A post shared by AJ Klein (@ajklein47) on

As a member of the Panthers since 2013, Klein had 146 tackles, four sacks and five forced fumbles. The Saints also reportedly will sign Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency.

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