Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 11/9/14
It wasn't Curtis Lofton or David Hawthorne, but in the end the Saints did get a linebacker to hopefully improve their recent poor play at that position. Coming to the Saints on a 3 year contract is Chris Chamberlain, formerly of the St. Louis Rams. Chamberlain is a 4 year pro that was originally drafted in the 7th round out of Tulsa and he primarily plays at weakside linebacker.

Before you get too excited he started 13 games last season on a defense that ranked 22nd overall. While Chamberlain defied odds by cracking a starting spot, he's mainly regarded as a special teamer. He reminds me a bit of Scott Shanle in his prime. Speaking of which, Chamberlain will likely compete with Shanle, Jonathan Casillas, Will Herring and Martez Wilson for a shot at starting, which will come with no guarantees. He did play for Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis last year, so his familiarity with the defense and the fact that Spags clearly likes him is a leg up on the competition.

Pro Football Focus ranked Chamberlain in 2011...  at 20th overall among 4-3 outside linebackers with a +3.6 rating. That's out of 44 rated linebackers, and he did finish ahead of Fujita (32nd), Casillas (38th), Dunbar (40th), and Shanle (42nd) to name a few. He was rated at +4.3 against the run and -1.7 in coverage, which perhaps suggests he's more valuable on first and second down and maybe not in passing situations.

He's noted as a sound tackler with solid technique which explains his prowess on special teams and his ability to help in run support. He is a tad lighter than you'd want a linebacker to be, but he manages fine on the weakside.

Bottom line, Chamberlain is a player that seems like a good guy and a high character player that will fit well in the locker room, but while he has some strengths and represents an upgrade, he is not what I would quantify as a difference maker. I think the Saints signed a bit of a one dimensional linebacker that by no means will transform a unit that has struggled mightily the past two seasons. That said, it's a good start provided they can find more talent elsewhere. And of course, the special teams coverage unit which was already a strong point has been made better overnight.

[follow] 
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

NFL scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Brady scares the **** out of his teammates celebrating

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

Jon Lester and the Cubs

The Toronto Raptors reveal their new logo

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.