METAIRIE, LA (The Spread) – The New Orleans Saints beefed up their linebacker corps on Saturday by poaching a player off their biggest rival’s roster.

New Orleans has agreed to terms with middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, previously of the Atlanta Falcons. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who announced the deal Saturday night, says New Orleans sought Lofton because he can play all three linebacker positions and is just entering the prime of his career.

The 6-foot, 241-pound Lofton was a second-round draft choice by the Falcons in 2008 and has started 63 of the 64 games in which he has played.

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The former Oklahoma standout led the Falcons with a career-high 170 tackles last season, to go along with a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, one of which he ran back for a touchdown.

According to oddsmakers, the Saints are 10/1 to win the 2013 Super Bowl and 5/1 to win the NFC Conference Championship next season.

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