Linebacker Curtis Lofton left Atlanta just in time to miss out on the Falcons' best start to a season in franchise history.
Now a defensive leader for the struggling Saints, Lofton insists he has no regrets, did what was right for him and is eager to experience one of the NFL's more intense and longstanding rivalries from the other side when the Saints (3-5) host unbeaten Atlanta (8-0) on Sunday.
Lofton signed a five-year, $27.5 million free-agent deal with the Saints last spring and says he wanted to go to a team that ''celebrated'' him, rather stay with one that ''tolerated'' him.
Lofton leads the Saints with 76 tackles, including four tackles for losses and one sack. He also has a forced fumble and one fumble recovery.