NFL Free Agency 2013: Saints Trying to Add Size to Cornerback Position

Jared Wickerham

The Saints are using the free agency period to help bulk up their secondary.

The New Orleans Saints appear to be trying to add some bigger defenders in their secondary group and that is evident with the recent signing of Keenan Lewis this past week who measures in at 6'1" 208 lbs. Along with his skills, this upgrades the Saints secondary considerably.

Up until the arrival of Lewis, rookie Corey White was the Saints lone cornerback with size, at 6'1" 205 lbs. The rest of the cornerbacks average around 5'11" and 185 lbs., which has been the norm for the past 3-4 seasons. Speed may kill, but so does size.

Receiving threats are becoming not only faster but a bigger, physical presence as well. In order to contend with receivers that the Saints will face, such as Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vincent Jackson, the secondary has got to become more physical as well.

The Saints are continuing to try and upgrade the secondary as well with a visit on Sunday by cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Not only does he have size, 6'2" at 210 lbs., but he excels at man coverage, which defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will use.

It just so happens as well that Ryan was Asomugha's defensive coordinator while both were with the Oakland Raiders. WWL Sports Saints reporter Kristian Garic reported earlier Sunday that both men were spotted having lunch in Metairie.

If the Saints can somehow manage to add Asomugha to their secondary, they would be taking a major turn in solidifying the cornerback position so that they can focus on picking a several pass rushers for their front seven in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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