In today’s day and age, the casual NFL fan is so infatuated with big name players and so called “steals” that they lose sight of the things that matter most. The New Orleans Saints are one of the teams who have a fan base that wants a quick fix, but I can assure you that signing a player like Nnamdi Asomugha only brings them further away from playoff contention.
I was a fan of the team signing Keenan Lewis, as I think the former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back is going to bring a veteran dynamic to a secondary that was atrocious in 2013. Rob Ryan is no stranger to controversy, but even he can’t be welcoming Asomugha and his hefty asking price.
Adding the former Philadelphia Eagles player would be like spraying air freshener on a stench that is going to linger for months. I can’t argue with the Saints trying to get better, but they need to improve the defense via the NFL draft rather than the free agent market. These players are available for a reason, and the Saints are so far behind the curve that they must focus on other ways to improve the roster.
The Saints went into this free agency period over the NFL salary cap, and now they feel the need to splurge on a 31-year-old defensive back? Moronic.
Ryan may want all the weapons he wants to reconnect with his former pupil from the Oakland Raiders, but if they don’t start to rebuild via the draft, they will continue to spin their wheels. Lewis is going to do fine in his first year with the Saints, so they need not focus on the cornerback position in free agency again.
With the club being $5.4M under the cap, I don’t see why the Saints would even consider bringing in Asomugha. A defense this awful should have a long-term plan, and needs to stop attacking stop-gap players like the free agent cornerback.