The New Orleans Saints announced yesterday that they waived cornerback Jerome Murphy. Murphy was only with the team 15 days before the Saints let him go.
Murphy appeared in all of the Saints’ games this season, but only produced three tackles in the two contests. Perhaps Murphy’s low production was the reason the Saints waived him.
Murphy was brought in to provide depth for the Saints’ thin secondary, especially at the cornerback position. Besides his low production I cannot think of a reason why the Saints would waive Murphy right now.
The Saints secondary has been banged up all season as starting cornerback Jabari Greer has yet to see any action this season. Furthermore, cornerback Jonny Patrick was not available for the Saints week two loss against the Carolina Panthers.
With all of the injuries to key players in the secondary I would think the Saints would want to add some depth to their secondary. There is also the fact that Murphy played for Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo when they were both with the St. Louis Rams. Murphy was already familiar with Spagnuolo’s system and I thought that would prove to be an asset to the defense.
Perhaps another reason the Saints waived Murphy was because they had to make room for another player on the roster. Hopefully the Saints will add another cornerback and maybe a player who would be an upgrade from Murphy.
Since he was released by the Saints Murphy will now be eligible to be claimed off of waivers from other teams. With Murphy’s release the Saints now have Greer, Patrick, Patrick Robinson, and rookie Corey White as the four cornerbacks on the roster.
The Saints should definitely utilize White. White already has 10 tackles on the season and the young corner should be expected to step up. The Saints need something from their thin secondary and White might be able to provide a spark for the defense.
With all of the injuries to the Saints cornerbacks, it creates an opportunity for White to showcase what he can do. There is a reason the Saints waived Murphy and not the rookie White. I think White will play well in week three and could help the Saints get their first win of the season.