There aren’t many options left in free agency at this point. The big names have already been scooped up left and right, and some of the post-draft prizes, like Ziggy Ansah, have found a new team. The New Orleans Saints don’t have many holes left to fill on their roster, but they don’t have many options to fill their remaining needs, no matter how small those needs are.
Here are three remaining free agents that could fill some of the Saints biggest needs.
DE Dion Jordan
The Saints lost Alex Okafor to the Kansas City Chiefs, and while the Saints are hoping Marcus Davenport is able to take a big step forward, it would still be nice to add a quality edge rusher for depth along the defensive line.
Dion Jordan is only 29 years old and had 4 sacks in only 5 games with the Seahawks in 2017. But Jordan is facing a 10-game suspension for Adderral to start the 2019 season. Considering his suspension, he shouldn’t be expensive, and a cheap two-year deal could be beneficial for both Dion Jordan, Cameron Jordan, and the New Orleans Saints.
DT Corey Liuget
Arguably the more pressing position of need for the Saints is somewhere else on the defensive line. Sheldon Rankins is recovering from a torn Achilles. David Onyemata likely faces a to-be-determined suspension. Tyeler Davison
is a traitor signed with the Falcons. The Saints have a clear depth issue at defensive tackle. They looked at Ziggy Ansah, but he ultimately signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Ndamukong Suh has insisted he wants to stay on the west coast.
Corey Liuget is still on the open market, though, and is a name the Saints should consider. The former first round pick (18th overall by the then-San Diego Chargers) also has a PED issue tied to his name as he missed part of the 2018 due to a suspension. Still, Liuget logged 5 QB hits, 5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks in only 6 games (3 starts) last year. As a rotational piece, the Saints could do a lot worse.
WR Michael Crabtree
Now we’re at a sexier pick. Who wants defense? Nobody. Offense is where it’s at.
At wide receiver, the Saints have Michael Thomas, and then a lot of question marks. Sure, there a lot of bodies there, but nothing is a given outside of Thomas. Ted Ginn Jr is another year older. Tre’Quan Smith failed to take a grasp of the WR2 role when Ginn missed time last season. Keith Kirkwood was inconsistent to say the least. The Saints have obvious room for improvement in the wide receiver room in 2019. The presence of Alvin Kamara catching passes out of the backfield and the addition of Jared Cook at tight end will present options in the passing game, but strictly at wide receiver, the Saints could use an upgrade.
Enter Michael Crabtree. Crabtree underwhelmed in his 2018 season with the Baltimore Ravens, but that is due in large part to an offense led by the mediciore Joe Flacco that was then shifted to a run-first offense behind Lamar Jackson. In his three season before that in Oakland, Crabtree caught at least 8 touchdowns and topped 1,000 receiving yards in 2016. Crabtree is an elite redzone target, and could be a huge weapon in a Sean Payton offense. Think about it: the Saints are at the 4 yard line, goal to go. They have Michael Thomas and Michael Crabtree lined out wide as wide receivers. Taysom Hill is lined up against the line as a tight end. Jared Cook is in the slot. Alvin Kamara is in the backfield, and Drew Brees is in the shotgun. Who are opposing defenses supposed to focus on?