Offseason Analysis: New Orleans Saints

Feb 17, 2009

The Saints were equal parts bad Defense and injuries on Offense.  They have Drew Brees coming back though, so there should be no worries on Offense.  At least not in the passing game.  Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush form a pretty dynamic RB pair.  Obviously Bush will need to be more durable next year.  Deuce McAllister will be released if he doesn’t restructure his contract and take a pay cut.  Lance Moore was a pleasant surprise and a fantasy hero last year.  He’s a Restricte Free Agent, but the Saints are most likely going to sign him.  He’ll team up with Marques Colston.  Unrestricted Free Agent Devery Henderson has likely played his last downs in a Saints uniform.  Robert Meachem will get an opportunity to step up.  Jeremy Shockey and Billy Miller form a solid TE duo.  Shockey needs to prove he can stay healthy.  They have some Free Agents on the O-Line (Jon Stinchcomb, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief, and Matt Lehr).  It’s highly unlikely they keep all four so they could look to add depth on their line. 

Defensively, the Saints need to address Free Agent Jonathan Vilma, who led the team with 132 tackles last year.  S Josh Bullocks is also an Unrestricted Free Agent.  He had 41 tackles last year.  The Saints need to improve their pass rush as they recorded just 28 Sacks last year.  Once again the Defense is a more pressing need than their Offense.

**UPDATE:  Deuce McAlliser was cut**

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
QB Joey Harrington UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
RB Aaron Stecker UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
WR Devery Henderson UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
WR Lance Moore RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
WR Courtney Roby RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
TE Mark Campbell UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
PK Martin Gramatica UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
OG Matt Lehr UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
OT Jon Stinchcomb UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
OL Jahri Evans RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
OL Zach Strief RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
DL Antwan Lake UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
DL Montavious Stanley RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
DL Mike Wright UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
LB Troy Evans UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
LB Marvin Mitchell RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
LB Jonathan Vilma UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
CB Aaron Glenn UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
CB Leigh Torrence RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
SS Chris Reis RFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
FS Josh Bullocks UFA New Orleans Saints Free Agent
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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    BLINGGGGG

    deuce is gone :(

  2. LestersLegends.com
    February 17th, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    What are the chances he restructures and comes back?

  3. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    right now, they are “player payrolling”: 123 mill under cap without him.

  4. LestersLegends.com
    February 17th, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    gotcha.

  5. Crazy Canton Cuts
    February 17th, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    the Saints need to keep rebuilding that D

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