The Top 5 Moves The Saints Haven't Made.. Yet by Preston J. Gary, Jr. (P.J.)
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Tuesday was a pretty good start to close out Free Agent signings and get our roster ready for the "all hands on deck" battle known as training camp come Thursday when the league year officially begins and all new players can actually practice.
There are still plenty of quality players on the street. This unique off-season saw over 500 free agents-- about twice the normal size because close to 300 players who would have been unrestricted free agents last year were restricted, and only one (Mike Bell) changed teams. So that means the market is currently flooded, and savvy GM's will be able to sign quality starting caliber players for back-up money. We're seeing a rash of 1 or 2 year deals. We're seeing players who want multi-year contracts settle for a 1 year deal with less money to play on good teams in order to find a better market next year.
With that said, I think the Saints aren't finished adding players to the roster. I've picked the top 5 (and only?) positions I believe the Saints could upgrade (and hope they will). As stated above, I think the Saints will find veteran players at a bargain price.
Top Priority-- DE Andre Carter. Put him in a 4-3 and he can still rush the passer. Cut Alex Brown. Turk McBride is just depth. Will Smith will likely miss the first month, and Cam Jordan has much to learn. Carter can be had on the cheap with a short term deal. Make it happen.
OLB-- Rocky McIntosh, Keith Bullock, Ben Leber, Channing Crowder, Kirk Morrison, Tully Banta-Cain-- Lord knows there's plenty of starters out there who would INSTANTLY upgrade the roster. Casillas is coming off a foot injury that could linger, and Tez is switching to OLB without an off-season to learn. We need someone who can play GOOD. Not a Clint Ingram or Danny Clark journeyman.
C/G-- Look at the roster as it stands now. Even if we re-sign Goodwin (doubt it), we still need 1 Guard who actually has started games in this league. The good news is that there are numerous Guards on the street who started the majority of games last year-- Guards that will come cheap. Maybe we can get lucky and find a guy that can play all 3 interior positions.
TE-- This is another position we could use a solid veteran at-- preferably a dependable in-line blocker like Bo Scaife. There are plenty of young guys out there, and one splash player (Kevin Boss) who can do it all without breaking the bank.
S-- Oliver is a solid signing, but I'd argue unless DeAndre McDaniel plays not like a rookie with no offseason, we could use another.