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NFL Free Agency 2013: Have the Saints Stalled Out?

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The New Orleans Saints seem to be in a holding pattern after signing just two free agents

Jeff Gross

The New Orleans Saints struck late in free agency the first week by signing cornerback Keenan Lewis and then also snatching up tight end Benjamin Watson. Watson's signing came as a surprise since it was unknown at the time that he was even being looked at by the Saints.

Other than those moves, the team has been quiet likely due to a lack of room in their salary cap (Spotrac.com has the club at a little under $6 million) as well as trying to do some internal shopping by re-signing kick returner Courtney Roby and linebacker Ramon Humber. They've also re-signed linebacker Will Herring who they recently released.

The Saints do have some others they're taking a serious run at. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and linebacker Victor Butler recently visited but left without a contract. Asomugha also visited the San Francisco 49ers and Butler has visited the Pittsburgh Steelers and is said to be on the way to see the Cleveland Browns.

Two other players said to be of interest but haven't paid a visit yet are offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie and defensive tackle Vaughn Martin. McKinnie would be a priority out of the two after losing tackle Jermon Bushrod to the Chicago Bears but Martin could follow that closely since the Saints only have Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks at the position.

Players that came up among conversations with fans such as safeties Ed Reed, Charles Woodson, and Bernard Pollard apparently didn't for the Saints. Reed signed with the Houston Texans, Pollard with the Tennessee Titans, and Woodson has been nonexistent in free agency except a visit with the 49ers.

While the Saints are unlikely to be finished with another pickup or two on the market, they appear to be in a "wait and see" mode with offers on the table. As general manager Mickey Loomis recently said on WWL 870AM concerning Asomugha, it's up to the free agents to make their decision and the ball will be in their court.