The New Orleans Saints’ slow approach on free agency could cost them as they might miss out on players that they need. The Saints have been looking at available free agents to help in their secondary, but one of their targets has already signed with another team.
The Saints were interested in former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox, but he just signed with the San Diego Chargers today. Since the Saints have such little cap space room, it makes sense to try an iron out the best deal possible for the team, but if they don’t start acting fast, then they will miss out on players.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis is meeting with the Saints today and I would be surprised if the team left the meeting without signing him. The Saints need help in the secondary and Lewis would be an upgrade at the cornerback position, so the team must get a deal done today.
Lewis, a New Orleans native, had his best season with the Steelers last year as he led the league in passes defended with 23. Furthermore, he also had 71 tackles and one forced fumble, but failed to record an interception. The 6-foot 200-pound Lewis is very fast and strong and is a proven cornerback in zone coverage.
The Saints will need Lewis to excel in man-coverage as well, but with his talents that should be easy enough for him. He is likely the first free agent the Saints will sign and if they could sign another cornerback, it could really help the secondary.
Nnamdi Asomugha is another cornerback that the Saints are very interested in, but right now he is on his way to visit with the San Francisco 49ers. He could vastly improve the Saints secondary, but it will be difficult to sign him as the 49ers figure to be a more attractive destination.
That is why it will be crucial for the Saints to work out a deal with Lewis today. If the Saints miss out on the Asomugha sweepstakes, at least they will have a competent cornerback that can come in and start right away.