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NFL Free Agency 2012: Who Will Be the Saints Next Free Agent Target?

The New Orleans Saints still have a few options left in free agency.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints hit big yesterday with bringing in cornerback Keenan Lewis to the team. Although it was just one signing, the addition of Lewis helps take care of one of the needs the Saints had to fill, which was it's horrid secondary.

Reports are that the Saints were also interested in cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha who is currently visiting the San Francisco 49ers and some are saying that a deal could be close. In fact NFL analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila tweeted at close to 5:00 a.m. that the discussions with him signing are "serious."

If the 49ers do sign Asomugha and the Saints wish to add another secondary player, other options exist such as Antoine Winfield or even Brent Grimes. Although Winfield is 36, he's still got some juice left in the tank. He could work well in the slot and is aggressive when it comes to the run.

With Grimes, Saints fans know what kind of problems he caused Drew Brees over the years but his Achilles has been a question mark. Grimes is said to be recovering well and could provide some extra help with the secondary. Like Winfield's age, Grimes previous injury could help get either for cheap.

If the Saints don't want to go with a secondary player, then a pass rushing linebacker could very well be the next area of focus. They missed out on Paul Kruger who went to the Cleveland Browns and Connor Barwin signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. But there are still some options left for the Black and Gold.

Larry Holder of said that LB Victor Butler could still very well be on the Saints to-do list if he makes it out of Pittsburgh, where he is visiting the Steelers. Speaking of Steelers, or a former one, LB James Harrison is also said to be interested in signing with the Saints, although he's also visiting the Baltimore Ravens. Other choices could be someone like former San Diego Chargers LB Shaun Phillips, who is flying under the radar right now.

The Saints might very well also be looking at a player to come in at the offensive tackle position. In that area you could look at several such as Andre Smith, Sebastian Vollmer, or even Bryant McKinnie. They may also choose to simply stay away from this position in free agency and let Charles Brown become their starter.

Whatever the case may be, the Saints likely aren't done just yet in free agency. But fans shouldn't expect any flashy signings, since you've got to have the cash to be "flash." With the meager salary cap room that's left expect just a couple more sparks.