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POLL: Grading the Saints moves in free agency

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The Saints have managed to keep their Hall of Fame quarterback at a discount while adding some upgrades on defense. Is it enough?

ORLANDO, FL - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches the NFC second team offense compete with the AFC second team defense during the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
ORLANDO, FL - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches the NFC second team offense compete with the AFC second team defense during the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
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Things were quiet for the New Orleans Saints on the legal tampering front, with the only news being their loss of backup quarterback Chase Daniel to the Chicago Bears and reserve safety Rafael Bush to the Buffalo Bills. They also extended Drew Brees’ contract and modified some of its conditions into a more team-friendly situation. But everything changed when the NFL’s new fiscal year started yesterday afternoon, with the Saints announcing several moves:

Grade: B. Robinson was borderline elite last year as Philly’s starting slot corner, and should continue to excel in that role moving forward. However it was the best year of his career, and you have to wonder how much he benefited from the highly-disruptive Eagles pass rush.

Grade: B. Davis is without doubt an above-average middle linebacker, and his presence does a lot to help push pedestrian players like Craig Robertson out of the starting rotation. But how much will the Saints get out of him at age 29?

Grade: D. Savage has only played poorly and gotten concussed in his career, and I don’t have much hope that he’s more than a warm body for training camp. Hopefully Hill can displace him.

Grade: B. Coleman is experienced, can play both free and strong safety, and is a much more-disciplined talent than the guy he’s replacing, Kenny Vaccaro. But age and injuries (he sprained his MCL last year) are a concern.

That’s not the say the Saints have been flawless: versatile sixth offensive lineman Senio Kelemete was poached by the Houston Texans, despite a competitive offer from New Orleans against Houston’s three-year, $12-million offer. The opportunity to start was too good for Kelemete to pass up.

On the whole I’m feeling good about this free agent haul. Adding a slot receiver like Jordan Matthews or torching all our carefully-laid plans to get Ndamukong Suh and/or Tyrann Mathieu would make me feel better. For now, my grade is an overall B.

Poll

How do you grade the Saints’ free agent signings so far?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    A
    (226 votes)
  • 66%
    B
    (990 votes)
  • 16%
    C
    (240 votes)
  • 1%
    D
    (20 votes)
  • 1%
    F
    (19 votes)
1495 votes total Vote Now