Possible Saints Free Agent Targets: Marcus Stroud

Yesterday the Buffalo Bills announced they were releasing veteran defensive lineman Marcus Stroud. Since the Saints are obviously in the market for just that - a Shaun Rogers visit was announced yesterday - it seems plausible they would be interested in kicking the tires on Stroud as well.

Here's a quick background of Stroud's recent career from the good folks at Buffalo Rumblings:

Acquired by the Bills via a trade with Jacksonville prior to the 2008 season, Stroud appeared in 46 games with Buffalo, recording 150 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in that time frame. Stroud, 33 in June, agreed to a four-year, $28 million extension with the Bills less than two years ago, and was due to make $4.5 million in the 2011 season. That contract may ultimately be viewed as one of the most misguided deals in the history of this franchise.

Stroud's play declined throughout the 2008 season, then again in 2009, and then dramatically in 2010, when the Bills switched to a base 3-4 defense.

What do you guys think? Is there anything left in Stroud's tank? Did his play suffer more from a change in scheme or a decline in talent?

Stats and stuff after the jump.

Marcus Stroud

#99 / Buffalo Bills

6-6

310

Jun 25, 1978


Tackles Interceptions
Year Team G Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int TDs Yds Avg Lng
2010 Buffalo Bills 15 49 29 20 3.0 -- 2 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2009 Buffalo Bills 15 56 38 18 2.0 -- 8 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2008 Buffalo Bills 16 45 29 16 2.5 -- 7 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2007 Jacksonville Jaguars 9 22 19 3 3.0 -- 2 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2006 Jacksonville Jaguars 11 21 19 2 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 42 31 11 1.0 -- 4 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2004 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 54 38 16 4.5 -- 3 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2003 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 65 47 18 4.5 -- 3 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2002 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 45 38 7 6.5 -- 6 -- -- -- 0.0 --
2001 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 25 21 4 0.0 -- 3 -- -- -- 0.0 --
TOTAL 146 424 309 115 29.5 0 39 0 0 0 -- 0
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