Laurinaitis, Long and Jenkins go elsewhere

The Falcons are striking out on several key free agents.

One week after visiting the Atlanta Falcons, James Laurinaitis has reportedly agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Laurinaitis joins former Atlanta linebacker Nate Stupar, who signed a three-year contract earlier Wednesday. 

Laurinaitis had visited New Orleans right after being released by the Rams. His visit to Atlanta reportedly went well, but the Falcons did not make an offer to him.

The signing is a bit strange considering Laurinaitis has mainly played middle linebacker his entire career. The Saints had rookie Stephone Anthony start every game at middle linebacker in 2015. 

Paul Worrilow signed his tender Wednesday, meaning he will be back at middle linebacker. Plus, Sean Weatherspoon signed with the team last Friday. While he could move outside, Weatherspoon played middle linebacker in his first Atlanta stint.

Laurinaitis' former teammate with the Rams, Chris Long, signed a one-year contract with the Patriots Wednesday. Long had also visited Atlanta, and Falcons' head coach Dan Quinn had raved about Long's potential to join the Atlanta defense. But Long instead signed with the Patriots.

And the Jets signed former Chicago defensive end Jarvis Jenkins Wednesday to a two-year contract for $7 million. Jenkins reportedly visited Atlanta last weekend. 

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