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Manti’s free agent deal heavy on incentives


    Punahou graduate linebacker Manti Te’o will be playing for the New Orleans Saints after spending four seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

Manti Te’o’s contract with the New Orleans Saints can be worth up to $5 million over two years depending upon how much playing time he gets.

But the free agent deal signed this week is heavy on incentives and includes “just $600,000 in guaranteed money,” the New Orleans Advocate reported.

The former Punahou School and Notre Dame All-American linebacker was introduced via conference call with the New Orleans media today and said he is still in the rehabilitation process after an Achilles tear that ended his 2016 season just three games into the San Diego Chargers’ schedule.

He spent four seasons with the Chargers, who made him the 38th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, before becoming a free agent this off-season.

Te’o told reporters he wasn’t sure if he will be available when Saints’ organized team activities begin next month. “It is still something that’s in the works right now,” Te’o said in comments posted on the Saints’ website. “Like I said, when I go over there to New Orleans I’ll meet with the training staff and we’ll work hard to make sure that I can come back as soon as possible.”

Te’o said “As far as (how) the rehab has been going along, it has been going well. I’ve been rehabbing ever since the beginning of October. I’m excited to get with the training staff over there, work with them and we’ll see how fast I can go. But (it has) definitely been a long process and I think it has been a learning experience.”

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