Saints LB Willie Gay agrees to one-year deal, per source

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay, according to a source.

Jay showed up to confirm the deal in a Social media sharing Tuesday, write “LET'S DO IT #WHODAT” on X.

The move was the Saints' first signing of the negotiating period before the start of free agency on Wednesday.

“Yessir!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring some of that championship energy with you kid! #Proveit #LetsGeaux,” Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu, who played with Gay from 2020-21, said. he wrote on social media In response to the news.

Gay started 15 regular season games for the Chiefs in 2023 and three postseason games, including their Super Bowl LVIII win over the San Francisco 49ers. He missed the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens after suffering a neck injury during the Divisional Round win over the Buffalo Bills.

Gay, 26, was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2020 draft out of Mississippi State. He played in 57 games with 47 starts in the regular season and had 233 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles (with 4 recoveries), 4 interceptions, and 17 tackles for loss. He also had one defensive touchdown against the Denver Broncos in 2022.

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Gay played in nine postseason games for the Chiefs, starting them all. He had a half-sack and a forced fumble.

Gay was suspended for four games in 2022 for violating the league's personal conduct policy after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property in Overland Park, Kansas.

The Saints also officially released safety Marcus Maye on Tuesday. Several former Saints players agreed to terms with other teams during the negotiation period, including linebacker Zach Baun, quarterback Jameis Winston and defensive lineman Malcolm Roach.

ESPN's Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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