KHON2 in Honolulu, Hawaii, first reported Monday evening the news of Te'o agreeing to terms with the Saints.About that torn Achilles, here is a 2009 study of pro football players who have incurred that particularly nasty injury. It finds that 32 percent of them never play again. The news is especially bad for linebackers.
The 26-year-old Te'o, a native of Hawaii, entered the league in 2013 out of Notre Dame as a second-round pick (38th overall) of the then-San Diego Chargers, where he played four seasons.
Te'o's arrival reunites him with Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan, who served in the same capacity on the Chargers coaching staff in 2015.
Under Nolan, the 6-1, 241-pound Te'o enjoyed his best statistical season, starting 12 games and producing a career-high 82 tackles (62 solo). He added a 1/2 sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two passes defensed in 2015.
Te'o, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear in Week 3 of the 2016 season, has appeared in 38 career games (34 starts) over four seasons and totaled 233 tackles (160 solo), 1 1/2 sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and nine passes defensed in that span.
There was a 95%, 87%, and 64% postinjury reduction in power ratings for linebackers, cornerbacks, and defensive tackles over a 3-year period. On average, players experienced a greater than 50% reduction in their power ratings following such an injury.So, you know, welcome aboard!