Saints LB Anthony Chickillo looking forward to fresh start in New Orleans

Steve Geller
May 26, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Anthony Chickillo was out of a job in in March after getting released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Luckily, there was a need on the Saints calling for linebacker depth and skills on special teams.

“Obviously, this was a great opportunity for me to come to New Orleans,” Chickillo said. “Couldn’t ask for a better organization, or a better head coach, better team, better quarterback. I’m just really excited to come to New Orleans and get to work.”

Chickillo was officially signed by the Saints today with the corresponding move being defensive end Noah Spence being placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Spence suffered a torn ACL while working out recently.

Meanwhile, Chickillo is 27-years-old and has played in 65 games, totaling 97 tackles with 7.5 sacks, 15 hits on quarterback and 11 tackles for loss. His main contributions have come as a special teamer having appeared in 1,190 snaps there the past five seasons, while seeing 1,045 on defense.

“It’s going to be different playing in a 4-3,” admitted Chickillo. “In Pittsburgh I got used to the 3-4, but in college, I played with my hand down at a lot of different positions. I’m excited and think I’ll be good fit for the team.”  

Chickillo missed five games a year ago due to injuries and didn’t play in another r after landing on the commissioner’s exempt list. He spent one week on the list after a domestic incident with his girlfriend. All charges were later withdrawn.

“Definitely had to take a step back and evaluate myself personally and fix the issues that I had to fix, Chickillo explained. “I have a lot of gratitude for the Steelers sticking by me during that that time of my life. And, I’m grateful for the Saints to trust I’m a high character guy.”

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