The New Orleans Saints let the legal tampering period go without too much noise. Once free agency was officially underway, however, the Saints pounced. They first snagged Latavius Murray with the team under the impression that Mark Ingram had priced himself out of New Orleans.
The Saints also signed DT Malcolm Brown with the understanding that Sheldon Rankins will likely miss the first portion of the season due to injury and David Onyemata likely has a suspension forthcoming.
It wasn’t just about new facts, though. The Saints re-signed or extended players like Teddy Bridgewater, Wil Lutz, Craig Robertson, and Chris Banjo, with the latter two representing two key pieces of the Saints special teams unit.
As free agency wore on, the Saints were able to make a big splash in adding Jared Cook at tight end, Marcus Sherels as a kick/punt return specialist, and Nick Easton for the offensive line. Those three were essentially replacements for the retiring Benjamin Watson, the departing Tommylee Lewis, and the surprising retirement of Max Unger respectively.
But now with the majority of free agency passed, the Saints only have a few minor holes to fill. The Saints would likely want to add a capable slot receiver (a persistent problem last year), depth at defensive end (to replace the departed Alex Okafor), and a third safety (to make up for the snaps lost after releasing Kurt Coleman), among other positions.
In any event, if free agency (and the draft, of which the Saints do not have a first round pick anyway) were to stop right now, what grade would you give the Saints for their moves? Vote in the poll. Explain in the comments. Send me presents.
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