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Possible Free Agent Acquisition: CB Shawn Springs

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Shawn Springs into action. (Photo Source)

The Times-Pic quickly mentioned yesterday that there were unconfirmed reports the Saints were very interested in Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs. Just in case there is any validity to this rumor I figured we ought to take a look at him.

The son of former Cowboys running back Ron Springs, Shawn is a veteran player who missed the better part of last season dealing with a calf injury and was released on Friday to help make cap room for the ridiculous spending spree the Skins have been on this weekend. He had this to say about the situation...

"They did what's best for the team, and I'm happy for them," Springs said in a telephone conversation. "I'm going to miss my friends there, but as long as it makes the team better, I understand. I'm a true fan of the sport."

As the Times-Pic article suggests, the Saints interest in Springs would make sense given his connection to Mickey Loomis during his days in Seattle and Gregg Williams during their time together in Washington.

Stats at a Glance

Shawn Springs #24
Position: Cornerback Height: 6' 0"
College: Ohio State
Weight: 207
Experience: 12 seasons
Birthday: 3/11/75
High School: Springbrook HS; Silver Spring, MD

Age: 33


Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FUM Lost
2008 Washington Redskins 9 7 36 31 5 1.0 -- 7 1 0 0.0 0 0 -- --
2007 Washington Redskins 16 14 62 57 5 0.0 -- 15 4 63 15.8 53 0 -- --
2006 Washington Redskins 9 8 38 35 3 0.0 -- 7 1 4 4.0 4 0 -- --
2005 Washington Redskins 15 15 50 47 3 0.0 -- 8 1 2 2.0 2 0 -- --
2004 Washington Redskins 15 15 64 52 12 6.0 -- 7 5 117 23.4 38 0 -- --
2003 Seattle Seahawks 12 8 43 37 6 1.5 -- 10 1 8 8.0 8 0 -- --
2002 Seattle Seahawks 15 15 59 54 5 0.0 -- 9 3 0 0.0 0 0 -- --
2001 Seattle Seahawks 8 7 20 16 4 0.0 -- 3 1 0 0.0 0 0 -- --
2000 Seattle Seahawks 16 16 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0 2 8 4.0 8 0 -- --
1999 Seattle Seahawks 16 16 -- -- -- 0.0 0 0 5 77 15.4 42 0 -- --
1998 Seattle Seahawks 16 16 -- -- -- 0.0 0 0 7 142 20.3 56T 2 -- --
1997 Seattle Seahawks 10 10 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 -- --
TOTAL 372 329 43 8.5 0 66 32 421 -- 56 2 0 0

Do the Saints need him?

Actually, I really like this one. Out of all the defensive players the Saints have been looking at so far as free agent acquisitions, Springs is the only one that's ever made an impression on me. I have always liked the Redskins secondary as a unit. Ideally I would like to see the team pick up some younger talent but Shawn Springs is still a top notch player. Plus, he's just a good guy. If the rumors of the Saints interest in Springs are true, he's the candidate I'm backing.