Saints Mid-Day Free Agency Update

Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

The Saints have agreed to a four-year deal with long snapper Justin Drescher. Sean Payton says the Saints are intentionally taking a slow approach to free agency. Jaguars CB Derek Cox will meet with Saints on Thursday.

New Orleans Saints agree on four-year deal with long snapper Justin Drescher | NOLA.com
Drescher was the only Saints restricted free agent not issued a tender. But it should come as no surprise the Saints came to terms with Drescher quickly during free agency as he's been dependable on special teams. Terms of the contract weren't available. Drescher had this to say via Twitter: "Back for 4 more years! Thanks for all well wishes and support #Whodatnation Y'all are the best fans in the game! #WhoDat"

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton reiterates team taking slow approach in free agency | NOLA.com
Payton said Wednesday morning he understands how fans can be in a bit of a panic seeing the high-priced free agents fly off the board in the first hours the period opens as the Saints sit tight making no moves. Payton pointed out how the Saints have a history of finding their best values where there's a need for the team. Payton also said it's important for the Saints to let the market settle for the first couple of days after the free-for-all and use their money wisely considering the Saints pried themselves under the salary cap Tuesday.

New Orleans Saints will host Jaguars CB Derek Cox on Thursday, source says | NOLA.com
Cox, 26, has been a full-time starter for all four of his NFL seasons, though he has missed some time with a series of nagging injuries over the past two years. Cox (6-1, 195) is a big, physical cornerback who would give the Saints a size dimension they don't currently have at the position. He's been a solid, underrated starter for the Jaguars. Last month, NFL Films and NFL Matchup producer Greg Cosell identified him as an under-the-radar corner he liked when discussing possible free agent fits for the Saints' rebuilding defense. Cox has 12 career interceptions since being drafted in the third round out of William & Mary in 2009, including four last year in just 12 games played. He also forced a fumble last year. But he missed four games last year, 10 games in 2011 and three games in 2010 with groin, hamstring, back and rib injuries.

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