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4 Free agents the Saints could sign next year, and who they might be replacing

The Saints may see more cap casualties next offseason, so who should they look to bring in from other teams?

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Cam Robinson

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With Ryan Ramczyk signing a 5-year $96 million contract in June, Terron Armstead is next in line for an extension. If the Saints are unable to reach an agreement with Armstead, he will be an unrestricted free agent in the 2022 offseason. Losing Armstead will mean the Saints will be in the market for a new left tackle to protect Jameis Winston.

Cam Robinson I believe would be a good fit if Armstead moves on. He would be a downgrade from Armstead, but he is just 27 years old, and has been a solid option at LT for the Jags since his rookie year. His great rookie year was unfortunately followed by a torn ACL that ended his 2018 season, but he rebounded and earned a franchise tag in the 2020 offseason. If the Jags choose to move on from Robinson, he could be an affordable replacement for Armstead with a good amount of upside.

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D.J. Chark

The Saints WR room will be quite shallow in 2021, as Emmanuel Sanders was released this offseason in order to save cap space. Tre’Quan Smith, the #2 WR on the roster, will be a free agent in 2022. If Smith decides he needs a change of scenery, the Saints must sign a veteran receiver in order to give Jameis Winston the weapons he needs to be successful.

The Jaguars have a deep receiver room, and could look to save money for a splash free agent by choosing to move on from players like D.J. Chark. Chark is a very talented WR who has been limited by poor QB play his entire career in Jacksonville. When Gardner Minshew had the best season from a Jags QB in a long time, Chark caught 73 passes for 1,000+ yards and 8 TDs. He is young and on the rise and as a former LSU Tiger, would be welcomed with open arms back in Louisiana.

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Marcus Maye

The Saints elected to use their franchise tag on free safety Marcus Williams. Hopefully this will lead to a long term extension for the 5th-year safety, but if it doesn’t, and Williams decides to move on, the Saints will be looking for a new free safety.

Marcus Maye could be that option. Maye, much like Williams, sign a one year franchise tender with the Jets this offseason. He is coming off arguably his best year as a pro, and could be looking for a long term deal that the Jets aren’t wiling to pay him. If Maye hits the open market, and the Saints are unable to retain Williams, Marcus Maye should be one of their top targets to replace Williams in the secondary.

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Leonard Fournette

Fournette was a key piece of the puzzle for the Buccaneers playoff run last season. The 26-year-old caught fire in the playoffs earning himself the nickname “playoff Lenny”. In March, Fournette signed a 1-year deal to stay in Tampa for the 2021 season.

Latavius Murray has been a solid option behind Alvin Kamara for the past two seasons. However, he is 31 years old, and will be in need of a new contract soon. If Murray shows some signs of regression, the Saints may look to find a younger and more affordable option for their #2 RB. Fournette could be that guy, as he runs in a similar style to Murray, and could be in need of a new home if the Bucs chose to resign Ronald Jones II over Fournette. Much like Chark, Fournette is a former LSU Tiger who would be well received in New Orleans, despite playing for a division rival.

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