Mark Simoneau (LB) acquired from Philidelphia Eagles
Donte' Stallworth (WR) traded
August 28, 2006 - MLB Mark Simoneau was acquired by the New Orleans Saints in a trade for Donte' Stallworth. New Orleans received the backup middle linebacker along with a conditional 4th round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Simoneau (6-0, 245 pounds) has played 91 games with 38 starts since entering the NFL as a third round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2000 NFL Draft. In 2003, he was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Falcons for a pair of draft choices and started 29 of 46 games with the Eagles.
Simoneau, a versatile and speedy linebacker, played a number of roles during his three years with the Eagles. He played the middle and weakside linebacker positions, served as a nickel linebacker in 2005 and also worked as a productive player with 22 tackles on special teams.
Simoneau has career totals of 355 total tackles, including a career high 149 in his first season with the Eagles in 2003. He also had four sacks. Simoneau was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October 2003 after having 45 tackles, a forced fumble and two sacks.
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said, "I think the feeling was that we have some depth at that position (wide receiver) right now with some young players doing well. I think it's a good opportunity for Donte' to start fresh in Philadelphia and it's an opportunity for us to acquire a pick as well as a player in Mark."
Last week, New Orleans acquired from Dallas, Scott Shanle (LB) for an undisclosed 2007 draft choice.
Stallworth (6-0, 196 pounds), a former Saints first round choice in 2002 (13th overall), had 195 catches for 2,791 yards and 23 touchdowns during four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.