Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and Alonso High standout Anthony Chickillo has signed a free agent contract with the Saints, his representatives at Rosenhaus Sports announced Friday. Terms of the deal have not yet been been released, though multiple reports have said it’s a one-year deal.
Chickillo, 27, played in 65 games, starting nine, during his five years in Pittsburgh, which drafted him in the sixth round out of Miami in 2015. He had 7.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits, playing more as an edge rusher than a true coverage linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound linebacker also had 11 tackles for loss and often played on special teams.
Chickillo signed a two-year, $8 million extension with the Steelers in March 2019, but he was released earlier this year after totaling 19 tackles and a half-sack in 11 games last season. He missed five games in 2019 due to injuries and a brief stint on the commissioner’s exempt list. He was placed on the list after an Oct. 20 domestic incident with his girlfriend. Chickillo faced three misdemeanor charges, but all were later withdrawn when Chickillo and his girlfriend, who was cited for harassment in the incident, decided they didn’t want to pursue charges.
His father is Tony Chickillo, who also played at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Bucs in the fifth round in 1983.