Ted Ginn Jr. Curtis Lofton. AJ Klein. Josh Norman. Nate Stupar.
The New Orleans are notorious for showing interest in free agents that they are familiar with by facing in the NFC South. Whether it’s because the Saints know and respect the player due to familiarity, whether it’s because the Saints believe that player to be able to spill secrets about a rival’s playbook, or even if it’s some combination of the two, the Saints make no secret about signing pending free agents from division rivals.
And here are a couple names that could interest the New Orleans Saints from one such rival: the Carolina Panthers.
S Kurt Coleman
As to be expected after the announcement that the Saints are unlikely to re-sign Kenny Vaccaro, the Saints have already shown interest in Panthers Safety Kurt Coleman.
DE Charles Johnson
With Alex Okafor yet to be re-signed, and Trey Hendrickson and Hau’oli Kikaha each have significant question marks, it wouldn’t be a terrible ideal to bring in another inexpensive veteran into the mix. Charles Johnson could be just that as he enters his age 32 season. Johnson’s last healthy season was 2014 where he played in all 16 games and logged 8.5 sacks.
QB Derek Anderson
We’ve gone into the fact that even when the Saints re-sign Drew Brees, there will still be a need for another QB on the roster. The Saints could go one of two ways if they want to carry only two QBs (or three if you want to count Taysom Hill): pick a young prospect to groom under Brees for the future, or sign a veteran QB that could be trusted in the event of a spot-start. If the Saints opt for the latter, the well-traveled Derek Anderson could make a lot of sense for the team.
Other Panther free agents that could interest the Saints include Julius Peppers, Andrew Norwell, Star Lotulelei, and Ed Dickson.