There are players like former Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson sitting on the free agent market. It’s likely that teams headed into the 2018 NFL Draft knowing that if they didn’t find a prospect in the draft at a position of need, there could be a player like Anderson out there at that position that they could sign in free agency.
Now that the Saints have concluded the majority of their moves early in free agency and with their selections in the Draft, there could be a few players available in free agency that might make sense for the 2018 New Orleans Saints.
WR Dez Bryant
Rumor had it the Saints and Baltimore Ravens were the two teams most involved in talks with the vocal ex-Cowboy. After the Ravens added former Saints WR Willie Snead, the Ravens are said to be effectively out of the Dez Bryant runnings. That leaves the Saints as one of the primary suitors, and with only few teams showing interest even at the veteran minimum, Bryant could be a big redzone target in the Saints offense. Could you imagine a first and goal for the Saints offense? Mark Ingram in the backfield. Alvin Kamara put out wide on a Linebacker. Then the Saints could have Michael Thomas, Cam Meredith and Dez Bryant as big-bodied targets lined out, drawing attention as well. Who do opposing defenses focus on in that scenario?
TE Julius Thomas
The Saints declined to address TE in the 2018 NFL Draft, but did bring in aging veteran Benjamin Watson in free agency. There is absolutely zero certainty surrounding Coby Fleener’s future in the NFL, but the Saints still have Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui at the position. The Hoo-Man is not much beyond a mere blocker, and Josh Hill has only shown flashes of his capabilities as a pass-catcher. Watson can’t be counted on in 2018 as he enters his age 37 season (Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys just retired at age 36, to put that into perspective) and Coby Fleener’s concussions could keep him off an NFL roster from now on.
Thomas is a former Pro Bowl TE with Peyton Manning, and at only 29 years old (the same age as Fleener), he should still have a lot left in the tank. Years with Blake Bortles and Jay Cutler as his Quarterback have cost his production, so he wouldn’t break the bank to bring to New Orleans.
CB Bashaud Breeland
The Saints signed former Saints fans’ whipping boy Patrick Robinson to line up as a slot Cornerback, and they still have Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley as the primary #1 and #2 Cornerbacks respectively. PJ Williams is the backup Cornerback across all position, but Breeland could immediately come in and push PJ off the roster with Crawley taking the back-up role.
Breeland had a solid career in Washington totaling 8 interceptions in his 4-year stint with the Redskins. Breeland, while a notch above Crawley, is actually roughly the same age as Crawley and shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg after failing his physical with the Carolina Panthers.
S Kenny Vaccaro
The longer Kenny Vaccaro sits on the free agent market, the greater the chances (no matter how small they started) the two are in for a reunion. It cannot go unstated how the circumstances surrounding Eric Reid have likely put a hold on the Safety market. The Saints made a quick move in free agency to sign Kurt Coleman of the Carolina Panthers, but there could still be a spot on the team for the versatile Vaccaro if the price is right.