Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens recently got an opportunity to work out for an NFC squad in the midst of training camp.
Hitchens was one of four linebackers that worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Aug. 4, according to the NFL’s transaction wire.
The New Orleans Saints are working out several veteran linebackers, including Anthony Hitchens, Jon Bostic and Kiko Alonso, per sources. Those three combine for 250-plus NFL starts. Alonso played for Saints in 2019.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 4, 2022
The other linebackers that worked out for New Orleans were Kiko Alonso, Jon Bostic, and Chase Hansen.
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If Hitchens, 30, were to sign with the Saints, he would be reuniting with former Chiefs teammate and safety, Tyrann Mathieu, who joined New Orleans late in the offseason. However, New Orleans is expected to re-sign Alonso, who played for the Saints in 2019, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Aug. 4.
The last reported visit for Hitchens was back in April when he met with the Chicago Bears. But he didn’t come out of that meeting with a contract. With the Saints planning to re-sign Alonso, Hitchens will continue to wait for his chance to sign with another NFL team as training camp continues.
Chiefs Released Hitchens After Lackluster Tenure
One of the very first moves of the 2022 offseason for the Chiefs was releasing Hitchens on February 22. The move was an opportunity for the then cap-strapped Chiefs to free up cap space, as Hitchens’ release freed up $8.44 million in cap space, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap.
#chiefs create $8.44m in salary cap space with release of Anthony Hitchens
— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) February 22, 2022
The move to release Hitchens made sense for Kansas City, as Hitchens hadn’t lived up to the five-year, $45 million contract he signed with the Chiefs in 2018.
Though Hitchens was always available — he missed just four games since joining Kansas City — and was a leader, he only recorded over 100 tackles in one season with the Chiefs and didn’t make a Pro Bowl in any of the four seasons. So, saying goodbye to the 29-year-old defender this offseason was warranted, especially given …read more