Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) hauls in a 36-yard pass against New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) during the first quarter Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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The Saints are reportedly looking to part ways with Curtis Lofton.

New Orleans is apparently “shopping” last year’s leading tackler, linebacker Curtis Lofton, according to NFL Network.

It’s a surprising report considering that Lofton was one of the better performers on defense, but the team needs to clear nearly $22 million in salary by Friday’s deadline and Lofton is due to count $9.25 million against the cap in 2015.