With the New Orleans Saints focusing on defense so far this off-season, there has not been much light shed on the state of their offensive line. The Saints currently do not have a starting left tackle they feel confident in, and Jermon Bushrod’s departure is starting to take its toll. Despite all of that, there was some good news today in regards to the Saints’ offensive line.
The Saints re-signed restricted free agent Brian De La Puente today as he signed his tender. The Saints’ center signed a one-year contract worth $2.023 million so he will be with the team for at least the upcoming season. It was essential for the Saints to re-sign De La Puente because they did not really have a backup at center.
De La Puente has started the past 28 games for the Saints and his durability has been a huge asset to the team. Furthermore, De La Puente is an anchor for the Saints’ great offensive line and has come a long way since being an undrafted free agent.
De La Puente has been a journeyman so far in his NFL career, but he may have found a home with the Saints. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers back in 2008, and has spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, and Carolina Panthers before coming to the Saints. De La Puente spent time on the Saints’ practice squad before earning a starting role in the 2011 season.
At 6-foot-3 306 pounds, he is an adept center and has really developed into one of the top offensive linemen in the NFL. De La Puente’s re-signing is one less thing the Saints have to worry about on their offensive line and can now shift their attention to finding a starting left tackle.