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Defensive End or Linebacker?

The past few weeks i've been arguing with people on who the Saints would sign in free agency, a DE or a LB. I believe we're going to snag a DE, but it's there's a reason I'm not an NFL GM. There isn't much out there on the defensive line or in a small group of linebackers.

Good defensive ends left on the market; Tyler Brayton, Dwan Edwards, Greg Ellis, Jarvis Green, Leonard Little, Adewale Ogunleye.

Out of this small group of guys, only one of them is under 30 years of age. If we did sign any of these guys, they'd be a temporary fix. Who is the best one you ask? I can't really decide. The ones on the bottom half would have to be, Adewale Ogunleye, Brayton, and Jarvis Green. I say Green is on the bottom half because we run a 4-3 more than a 3-4 and he has been in a 3-4 most of his career. Ogunleye was a career backup until a few seasons ago, and I just don't know that much about Brayton. Leonard Little was scheduled to make a visit with the Saints sometime this week. He's the first guy this free agency to even talk to the Saints, so they may offer him a contract. Greg Ellis may be the best choice out of this group of thirtysomethings. He played as a LB and a DE in the 3-4 and suceeded in both. A versitile guy is always good.

Good linebackers left on the market: Akin Ayodele, Bertrand Berry, Keith Bulluck, Paris Lenon, Pisa Tinoisamoa, and Will Witherspoon.

 

Most of the guys on this list, like the one of DEs are getting older. The youngest one is Pisa Tinoisamoa at 28. I think he would be the best fit. He came in  last year for a look see, and the Saints offered him a contract. He decided to go with Chicago for more money. He only played in a couple of games due to injury. If he can get healthy he should be fine. I think Ayodele plays ILB, but he could come in for a visit soley because his brother is on the current roster. Bulluck is in his mid 30's and is coming off major knee surgery but he is a monster force in size and ability. If you remember, a few years back, we tried to get Witherspoon here, but he opted to go to the Rams. Maybe after a few years, after being traded from the Rams to Eagles then being released, his mind has been cleared. He is an upgrade from Scott Shanle, but has the same style of play, under the radar.




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