Predicting The New Orleans Saints’ 5 Biggest Free Agency Moves
Biggest Free Agency Moves For New Orleans Saints
While it will cost the Saints in one way or another to keep Jimmy Graham around, the organization needs to efficiently use the money at its disposal to improve the team. Remarkably, the Saints finished second in passing yards on offense and second against the pass on defense. With the team starting to age, however, new players will be needed to help the Saints make a Super Bowl run before Drew Brees retires.
Most of the attention was on Peyton Manning in 2013, but Brees put together a nice season with 5,162 passing yards, 39 passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. A mix of Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Kenny Stills were the main wide receiver options throughout the season, but the Saints will need to add a more youthful wide receiver to complement the young Stills.
Along with improvement at wide receiver, the fans in New Orleans are hoping that the return game can show some type of life in the 2014 season. Darren Sproles is not able to handle the full responsibilities of returning the ball on his own, and the Saints desperately need to find a playmaker who can take it to the house.
When the needs on offense are addressed, the team should then focus on signing players who can create more turnovers on defense. With no touchdowns through interceptions or fumbles and only 12 interceptions in 2013, the defense will need veteran players to help them contain the attacks of Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson.
Here are my predictions for the 5 biggest free agency moves of the New Orleans Saints.
5. Eric Decker
Eric Decker was fortunate enough to have the experience of working with an elite quarterback, and he would be able to use that experience to fit in quickly with the offense in New Orleans. At 26-years-old, Decker would be able to have a few good seasons to work with Brees in making a Super Bowl run.
4. James Ihedigbo
James Ihedigbo had a strong campaign in 2013 with 100 total tackles, three interceptions, and one forced fumble. Adding Ihedigbo would help the defense create the turnovers that it desperately needs.
3. Bernard Pollard
Bernard Pollard has a hard time staying with a team, but the Saints could use this hard hitter on defense for immediate improvement. Since 2007, Pollard has recorded 12 interceptions and 673 total tackles. If the Saints want to improve on defense without having to draft rookie talent, Pollard would be a great addition.
2. Jacoby Jones
Signing Jacoby Jones almost makes too much sense not to happen. Jones is from New Orleans, and the media loved to talk about this fact in their Super Bowl coverage last year. Jones is a threat in the return game and has the ability to play wide receiver. He would be an excellent fit in his hometown.
1. Dexter McCluster
Dexter McCluster would be able to help improve the return game for the Saints without breaking the bank. He returned two punts for touchdowns and had 686 punt return yards in 2013. McCluster could also play wide receiver and line up at running back.