Saints signing former Steelers linebacker Chickillo


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Anthony Chickillo (56) -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Cross Anthony Chickillo off the possibilities for the Steelers to re-sign to provide outside linebacker depth. Chickillo is signing a one-year deal with the Saints, instead.

The 27-year-old edge rusher had primarily been a backup in each of his five seasons with the Steelers, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. He recorded 97 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 65 career games with the Steelers, including nine starts.

The Steelers re-signed Chickillo to a two-year, $8 million deal last season but released him at the end of the 2019 season in a cost-cutting move.

Chickillo struggled with injuries and an off-field incident last season that limited him to 11 games. He was charged in Uniontown, Pa., in late October for his part in domestic violence incident with then-girlfriend Alysha Newman while at Nemacolin Resort.

Charges of simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment were later dismissed. Chickillo was initially placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list while awaiting his hearing but was quickly reinstated when the charges were dropped.

The Steelers selected outside linebacker Alex Highsmith in the third round of this year's draft as a potential backup at outside linebacker and also have veterans Ola Adeniyi and Tuzar Skipper on the roster, but none have ever started an NFL game.

That potentially leaves them potentially thin at the position behind starters T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.

Because he was released by the Steelers, Chickillo does not factor into the team's compensatory formula. The compensatory deadline also has passed, meaning any player signed by a team now does not count for or against their potential picks.

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