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The New Orleans Saints signed Curtis Lofton to a five-year, $27.5 million contract this offseason, partly due to the fact that the club expected Jonathan Vilma to face disciplinary action from the NFL.
That wasn't the only reason, though, as general manager Mickey Loomis explained in a team release, via ProFootballTalk.com:
Curtis is a versatile, hard-working player that has displayed a knack for being around the football, and more importantly, making plays on the ball...He has the ability to play all three linebacker positions and we feel that he’s just entering the prime of his career.
Unfortunately, Lofton has not lived up to expectations.
Midway through the season, the middle linebacker has been the leader of one of the worst defenses in the NFL—especially against the run, where the Saints give up over 160 yards per game. It's a team problem, but as the middle linebacker, it's Lofton's responsibility to be the tip of the spear.
Now that Vilma is back in the picture, Lofton isn't even listed as a starter (via Ourlads.com), though the team had hoped he could play any of the three positions. Thus far, he's been a major disappointment, though he may prove to be a good investment in another year or two.