Former CFL linebacker Wynton McManis signs with New Orleans Saints

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Former Canadian Football League linebacker Wynton McManis has a new football home. 

The Saints are expected to sign former CFL LB Wynton McManis, source said. Another Canadian standout getting his NFL shot after opting out, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports. McManis worked out for New Orleans on Thursday. In order to enter the Saints facility, McManis passed three COVID-19 tests.

He decided to opt out of his CFL contract on Monday, the first day players could do so. McManis was in the second year of a two-year pact. The 25-year-old will be a free agent should he return to the CFL.

McManis had a breakout campaign in 2019, starting 15 games, recording 86 defensive tackles, nine special teams’ tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. In his two previous seasons, McManis was a core special teamer and led the league with 25 special teams’ tackles in 2018.

The graduate of the University of Memphis went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft before signing with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. He earned a spot on the team’s practice roster before being elevated to the active roster in late December. McManis was waived by the 49ers before the 2017 season and made his way to Calgary.

McManis has worked a second opportunity to make it in the NFL and the Saints have provided the chance.