5 Free Agents the New Orleans Saints Should Target In 2014

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Free Agents the New Orleans Saints Should Target

Derick E. Hingle-USA Today Sports

The New Orleans Saints regained their mojo in 2013 after a mediocre 2012 campaign. It probably helped that they got their coach Sean Payton back after he was suspended for all of 2012 season as a punishment for the Bountygate scandal.

The Saints went back to being one of the better teams in the NFC this year, as they posted an 11-5 record, including going undefeated at the Superdome. The Saints silenced the critics who said they couldn’t win in a cold outdoor venue when they defeated the high powered Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. Things didn’t work out so well in the Divisional Round as the Saints just couldn’t get it done on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. The Saints put in a valiant effort towards the end of the game, but it just wasn’t enough. A few of the Saints deficiencies really showed in that game, but luckily they can solve some of those things in free agency this upcoming offseason.

Another thing to keep an eye on is the status of Saints superstar tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham will be an unrestricted free agent and will no doubt demand a big contract. Hopefully the Saints will be able to sign him to a long-term deal and avoid any type of franchise tag drama.

It should be an interesting offseason for the Saints to say the least. The following are five free-agent players the Saints should target when free agency begins this March. Enjoy the show.

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5. Ben Tate

Pat Lovell-USA Today Sports

Ben Tate is the guy that the Saints wish Mark Ingram could be. Tate could be that big physical back that could carry the ball 20-25 times a game and take pressure off of Drew Bress. Picking up Tate would be a game changer for the Saints.

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4. Julian Edelman

Andrew Weber-USA Today Sports

The Saints always have these big lanky receivers. They have a nice possession guy with Marques Colston and a good deep threat with Kenny Stills. Julian Edelman would be a nice compliment as the shifty little slot guy that can run after the catch. Edelman and Bress could make beautiful music together.

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3. Eugene Monroe

Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

The Saints had some issues at Left Tackle this season. Starter Charles Brown was replaced by rookie Terron Armstead late in the season. It would be in the Saints' best interest to insure that spot. Eugene Monroe and Ben Grubbs would make a devastating duo on the left side of the line

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2. Brian Orakpo

Geoff Burke-USA Today Sports

Junior Galette really came into his own as a pass rusher this year. Originally the plan was to have Victor Butler playing on the opposite, but he suffered a torn ACL in training camp. Brian Orakpo would be an amazing option to fill that role should Butler not be able to come back to full strength. It's an unlikely option due to Orakpo's price tag, but it wouldn't hurt to consider.

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1. Adam Vinatieri

Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Just think of the difference Adam Vinatieri could have made in the playoff loss to the Seahawks. I've said time and time again the last thing you want when making a deep playoff run is a kicker you don't have confidence in. Watching the aforementioned playoff game, I was confident that the Shayne Graham would miss both times. A clutch kicker could make all the difference in a Super Bowl or a second-round exit. Just ask the 2006 Indianapolis Colts

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  • Anthony_JK

    Ben Tate?? Nice try, but I can’t see the Saints giving up Ingram, especially if Khiry Robinson steps up to be the change up back. Stick with Pierre Thomas/KRob/Ingram RB rotation; get rid of Darren Sproles; pound the rock more.

    Edelman?? NO. Saints need MORE speed at WR, not less. Let Colston become the middle possession receiver and Kenny Stills work the slots, and find a young pop-the-top gamebreaker to go with Joe Morgan.

    Munroe?? Sure, if he can play RT. Armstead has LT LOCKED for the next 5 years, and he will become a BEAST. Move Brown over to RT to replace Zach Strief, find a replacement for Brian de la Puente at C, and polish off with depth. OL problems solved. (Oh, and a second TE that can actually do the things Jimmy Graham WON’T do will help, too.)

    Orakpo?? Sure, if we can afford him. Though, I’d much prefer a second CB or a credible SS.

    Vinatieri? Best choice….though in that monsoon that is CLink field the best kicker would have problems.