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Chargers Release a Trio of Players Saints Could Target

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The Saints could address three holes all with former Chargers.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

With flurries of releases coming out across the NFL today, the free agent pool is deepening. The San Diego Los Angeles Chargers released three players today, all who might be potential fits in New Orleans.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

OL D.J. Fluker

Fluker has played at multiple positions on the offensive line in his career, and notably has experience a the Guard position, a position of need for the Saints. Fluker started all 16 games for the Chargers last year, but will most likely not command the ~$9 million dollar per year deal he was set to receive from the Chargers in 2017. Money was clearly an issue (with the Chargers looking to free up cap space to sign LB Melvin Ingram long-term), but performance was another.

NBC Sports still views Fluker as a starter in the NFL, so we’ll see if the Saints bring in the former 2013 first-round pick.

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CB Brandon Flowers

Injuries plagued the Saints Corners in 2016. Sterling Moore, originally signed as a depth piece, was pushed into a starter’s role, but is now said to be weighing options elsewhere.

Flowers battled injuries himself in 2016, playing in only 6 games in the season. In fact, Flowers hasn’t had a fully healthy year since 2011 with the Chiefs, but when he’s healthy is arguably better than any Saints CB currently rostered not-named “Delvin Breaux.”

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars Jim Steve-USA TODAY Sports

WR Stevie Johnson

We’ll end this trio with the least-likely of the group. Johnson is 30 years old and three-years removed from his last 1,000 yard receiving season in Buffalo. New Orleans will almost certainly look to add a Wide Receiver to the group (even after retaining both Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman) if or when Brandin Cooks is traded, and Johnson might just be someone to consider. He doesn’t have the blazing speed of Cooks, but has good hands (with a 70% catch-rate the last two years) and would be a quality receiving option for Drew Brees.

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Oh, by the way:

If the Saints aren’t able/willing to bring back RB Tim Hightower, you know who would make a great back-up and third-down receiving back? 2016 Charger Danny Woodhead. Bring the whole gang in.