Though not yet confirmed, it appears former Pittsburgh Steelers’ OLB Taco Charlton is heading down south to the New Orleans Saints. Charlton tweeted out a Who Dat on his account just moments ago.
Charlton had a pre-visit with the Saints leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, though he was ultimately selected by the Dallas Cowboys at pick #28.
Pittsburgh added Charlton mid way through the 2021 season, signing him to their practice squad on September 21st. He worked his way up to the 53-man roster and logged a little over 200 defensive snaps as a rotational EDGE rusher. His production was light, recording 18 tackles and just a half-sack.
The Steelers will again enter 2021 with T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith as their top two pass rushers. Genard Avery was signed to presumably compete as a #3. He’ll battle Derrek Tuszka, who carved out a special teams role and took snaps away from Charlton late last year, along with any draft pick and/or UDFA the Steelers bring later this month.
We’ll update this post assuming we soon get news that Charlton has officially inked a deal with New Orleans.
UPDATE: Nick Underhill, who covers the Saints, is confirming Charlton’s tweet.
And the Saints have added a taco to their timeline.