Possible Free Agent Acquisitions: DE Paul Spicer & C Nick Leckey

The Times-Pic revealed yesterday that the New Orleans Saints were taking a look at free agents Paul Spicer and Nick Leckey. While these two players play on different sides of the ball, they are both being brought in with the same purpose in mind: adding depth.



Paul Spicer #95

Position: Defensive End

Height: 6'4"

College: Saginaw Valley State 

Weight: 295

Experience: 10 seasons

Birthday: 8/18/75

High School: Northwest HS; Indianapolis, IN

Age: 33

Last year the Saints signed defensive end Bobby McCray, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The move wound up being a good one as McCray led the team in sacks, besting higher-paid defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant. With former Jacksonville defensive coordinator Gregg Williams now at the helm here in New Orleans it's no surprise that the Saints are taking a look-see at defensive lineman Paul Spicer, also of the Jaguars.

So can lightning strike twice for the Saints? The initial scouting report wouldn't suggest so. Here is what I found over at SB Nation's Jaguars blog, Big Cat Country.

Paul Spicer is in my Dog-House. He supposedly went to offseason training to improve his pass rushing abilities, and he hasn't done squat. He's old and really poses no threat in the pass game anymore. He is strong against the run, but not as strong as he used to be (notice a trend forming here?). In my opinion he's another player who is likely to be released unless he shows he's worth keeping. 

Ouch. The upside is that Spicer is versatile. He can play either end or tackle; a significant enticement. He's also durable, missing only two games in the last four seasons. When the injury bug bites in the middle of November he might really come in handy. 

Here is a video I found of Spicer. He was the star of one of those ads the NFL filmed like our very own Usama Young except Paul's is a bit...er...too much information. I'm not surprised this one didn't get picked to play during the Super Bowl.


Stats at a Glance

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FUM Lost
2008 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 10 34 31 3 3.5 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2007 Jacksonville Jaguars 15 12 34 27 7 7.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2006 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 16 47 41 6 3.0 -- 4 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars 15 14 37 30 7 7.5 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2004 Jacksonville Jaguars 2 2 5 4 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2003 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 1 31 24 7 0.0 -- 4 1 2 2.0 2 0 -- --
2002 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 4 37 35 2 4.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2001 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 4 27 23 4 2.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2000 Jacksonville Jaguars 3 0 -- -- -- 1.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
1999 Detroit Lions 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
TOTAL 252 215 37 28.5 0 15 1 2 -- 2 0 0 0




Nick Leckey #60

Position: Center

Height: 6'3"

College: Kansas State

Weight: 302

Experience: 6 seasons

Birthday: 3/12/82

High School: Grapevine HS; TX

Age: 27

Not to be confused with 98 degrees singer and former husband of Jessica Simpson Nick Lachey, Nick Leckey is an NFL center and free agent of interest to the New Orleans Saints.

Jonathan Goodwin will definitely be the starter in 2009 but with Matt Lehr being a free agent, the Saints are dangerously thin at center right now.

There wasn't much to find on Leckey to help give us some insight into his ability. He played only ten games last year after being placed on IR in the middle of the season and missed most of 2007 as well. The guys over at Turf Show Times help shed a little light on the subject but the news isn't spectacular.

Nick Leckey and Brett Romberg were overmatched at C, especially Leckey, but Loney was able to get both guys to play above their level - yeah, it could have been worse.


Stats at a Glance

Season Team G GS
2008 St. Louis Rams 10 10
2007 St. Louis Rams 3 2
2007 Arizona Cardinals 0 0
2006 Arizona Cardinals 14 11
2005 Arizona Cardinals 14 9
2004 Arizona Cardinals 16 0
TOTAL 57 32


Do the Saints need them?

Neither of these players would really be fighting for a starting spot. Charles Grant and Will Smith are too overpaid not to play and Jonathan Goodwin has got the center position on lock down. If the Saints should find themselves up to their neck in injuries again this year, however, these guys would certainly be a decent little insurance policy. I say go for it. 

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