The New Orleans Saints are certainly no strangers to making tough decisions in the wake of dwindling financial resources. Neither are the rest of the NFL as teams had to make roster changes based on a lower salary cap in lieu of the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of this teams have been able to sign quality players who may not have been available in previous years under more normal circumstances. The Saints may be able to snag one as the Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Antwaun Woods.
Cowboys are waiving starting defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, per source. They drafted two defensive tackles last weekend, and now Woods is a salary-cap casualty.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 5, 2021
On the surface consideration for Woods may seem like a stretch as the Cowboys were near dead last in defense and especially against the run. When you consider one of the strengths of the Saints was not only defensive line depth, but also their stoutness against the run and you may wonder why such a union would make sense. Consider the Saints had losses as well up front due to the salary cap.
Losing starters in Sheldon Rankins (when healthy) and Malcom Brown take a blow not only to the depth but also the experience. Having to rely on guys like Shy Tuttle and Malcolm Roach, who are talented players but only have 4 career starts between them, could turn that position from a strength to a question mark as they would look to find someone to pair alongside David Onyemata. Woods has started 32 games in the past 3 seasons for the Cowboys and has amassed 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries during that time.
While money is always a pressing point with free agents, if the Saints could get Woods on a relatively low price, then an addition like him could bolster the unit to once again be a strength on the team.
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