5 Worst New Orleans Saints Free Agent Signings Ever

5 Worst New Orleans Saints Free Agent Signings Ever

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Before Drew Brees and Sean Payton, the New Orleans Saints franchise knew only heartache. The team was plagued by poor draft choices, awful trade decisions and, perhaps most importantly, atrocious free agent pickups. Here are some of the worst players the Saints have picked up in free agency.

5. Eric Allen, CB, 1995

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5. Eric Allen, CB, 1995

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Before arriving in New Orleans, Allen racked up 34 interceptions in seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Everyone expected the five-time Pro Bowler to make an immediate impact for the Saints, but he only had five interceptions in three seasons. He did make one Pro Bowl with the Saints, but he was just a big letdown.

4. Grady Jackson, NT, 2002

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4. Grady Jackson, NT, 2002

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The Saints had been looking for a big man to clog up the middle, and they thought they found one in Jackson. He came in weighing 350 pounds and had been a solid defender in Oakland, but he just couldn't control his weight. Nicknamed "Gravy," Jackson would only play two seasons in New Orleans but would go on to play for the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions.

3. Albert Connell, WR, 2001

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3. Albert Connell, WR, 2001

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Connell's time with the Saints was short but very interesting. He signed a five-year, $ 13 million contract, but he only played in 11 games before being released. He wasn't released for poor play (though he did only have 12 receptions), however. He stole $ 4,000 from teammate Deuce McAllister's locker and would never touch the field again.

2. Dale Carter, CB, 2002

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2. Dale Carter, CB, 2002

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During his time in the NFL, Carter was one of the best corners in the league. But in his two seasons with the Saints, Carter only played 15 games and had one interception. He missed time due to injury, for failing drug tests and for having alcohol in his system after failing the aforementioned drug tests. He wasn't worth a dime of the seven-year, $ 28 million contract he signed.

1. Heath Shuler, QB, 1997

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1. Heath Shuler, QB, 1997

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The Saints needed a quarterback of the future, and Shuler looked to be the guy. The team signed the 26-year-old to a seven-year, $ 19.5 million contract, but he'd only play one season before retiring due to a turf toe injury. He threw just two touchdowns next to 14 interceptions. That's a hard stat to beat.


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