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5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the New Orleans Saints Should Avoid At All Costs

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5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the New Orleans Saints Should Avoid At All Costs

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The New Orleans Saints aren’t going to be big players in the free agent market this year. They don’t have a lot of money to spend, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to be active in the market. It means that they’re going to need to find some real values out there.

The Saints are trying to get back to the Super Bowl while franchise quarterback Drew Brees still has what it takes to get them there. To do that they need to be better than they were last year. Some of that can come through the draft, but if they want to get better quickly they have to improve through free agency. Just because they don’t have much money to spend doesn’t mean they can’t get better.

But what it does mean is that they have to stay away from any bad contracts. They’re already barely keeping their head above water with the cap, and just one bad contract could mean the difference between putting a winner on the field and watching the playoffs from the sidelines next season.

New Orleans is a team that could go either way this offseason. With a few strategic moves they could get better and really contend for a spot in the Super Bowl, but if those moves go wrong they could find themselves on the wrong end of a really competitive NFC South division.

Brees and the Saints think they can compete for a title this coming year. They might be right, but only if they can stay away from these five overrated free agents.

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5. Louis Delmas

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Safety Louis Delmas was recently let go by the Detroit Lions for salary cap reasons. He's been productive in the past, but recurring injuries are a major concern here. The Saints would like to get better in the defensive backfield, but they can't afford to take a risk on someone who they don't know will be healthy.

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4. Ted Ginn Jr.

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Ted Ginn Jr had the most touchdowns of his career last season when he hauled in five scores. The fact that five touchdowns is his career-high should say enough about the constantly underachieving wideout, but it will trick some team into overpaying him. He's a speedy backup receiver whose best contributions come in special teams. That's something you should be able to get out of a cheap late-round draft pick, not a costly veteran free agent.

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3. Brent Grimes

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Signing a cover corner in the free agent market is the quickest way to find yourself with an albatross of a contract hanging over your head. Brent Grimes is a pretty good player, but someone is bound to way overvalue what he brings to the table.

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2. Branden Albert

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New Orleans needs to get better up front on offense, but they are better off using the draft to build the O-Line. There's a reason that the Kansas City Chiefs don't want to pay big money to keep Branden Albert around, and the Saints shouldn't pay him either.

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1. Kenny Britt

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There's nothing like a wide receiver who can't stay healthy. Kenny Britt has all the measurables you want out of a top receiver, but he can't seem to stay on the field. If he could, he'd be a top playmaker in the league. Someone will take a gamble on him, but with the Saints' cap situation they can't afford to be that team.