The New Orleans Saints have not gone after the big names in this free agency period but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t improved. Rather than going after the big-name free agents, the Saints have been signing players that will help the team.
So far, the Saints have signed Keenan Lewis, Benjamin Watson, Victor Butler, and more recently Kenyon Coleman and Luke McCown. None of these players are household names, but they are exactly the players that the Saints need. The Saints were lacking a backup quarterback and they brought in McCown, who happens to be familiar with the Saints’ offense.
McCown spent last offseason with the Saints during Brees’ contract dispute and should provide some good depth at quarterback. With the Saints bringing in Coleman, there seems to be a trend in former Rob Ryan players ending up on the team. The former Dallas Cowboys defensive end played under Ryan last season and the two will reunite in New Orleans.
The 6-foot-5, 298-pound defensive end fits perfect in the 3-4 defensive scheme and is exactly what the Saints need. Coleman is 33 so he is obviously a short term fix, but he will still be a nice option to have on the defensive line. Coleman knows Ryan’s system and although he is not known for getting to the quarterback, he has proven to be good at stopping the run.
The Saints have been doing exactly what they need to do so far this offseason, and that is addressing their needs. The Saints defensive line is starting to take form as the team has added much depth. Furthermore, the signing of Lewis should vastly improve the team’s secondary.
However, there is still another need the Saints must address, and that is the lack of a starting left tackle. It is possible the Saints could look to the draft to bring one in, but there might not be one available that the team would willing to use their first pick on.
Despite not having a starting left tackle, the Saints are still making all the right moves this offseason and the team looks like it will only improve this year. So while these signings may seem unspectacular, you have to look at the bigger picture.
The Saints are improving with all of these signings and they will pay off in the season.