Once again, the New Orleans Saints had Super Bowl expectations and came up with a loss. Again, they will go back to the drawing board and try to improve their offense and defense in hopes of being in the position that the Buccaneers are in right now.
As all 32 teams outside of the Bucs and Chiefs watch the greatest football game on earth this Sunday, the Saints should be carefully watching the players that they have a chance to engage with this free agency and potentially entice to the Big Easy.
These three players are all starters and role players on their perspective teams.
They are also all affordable since we know the Saints are up against the top of the cap once again this year. That being said, there is a realistic option that one or more of these three could be in the black and gold next season.
That is all in hopes of bettering the team and bringing a Lombardi trophy back to New Orleans. As the Super Bowl comes, make sure you keep an eye on these three players who might just find themselves in black and gold jerseys next season.
Daniel Sorensen, SS, Kansas City
One of the top needs of the Saints this offseason is a safety. With the potential departure of Marcus Williams and/or Malcolm Jenkins, the Saints will be left with a need at this position. Sorensen could fill that need at a reasonable price.
Sorensen led the Chiefs in tackles this year from the safety position. That proves that he is able to move up in the defense and put pressure on the run and the quarterback other than just roaming the middle of the field looking for an interception.
That is a skill in a safety that you don’t see often. In fact, with his 91 tackles, he would have tied or out-tackled both the Saints’ safeties. He also deflected five passes and picked the quarterback off three times for one touchdown.
Sorensen is currently on a $4 million per year contract which would be lightyears less than the $9-13 million that Marcus Williams will want. If the Saints were smart, they would be in talks with Sorensen as soon as the market opens up.
Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay
The next player is the only offensive player on this list. Antonio Brown was a beast in his past. When he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was being talked about as the best wide receiver in the NFL with the statistics he was putting up.
After a serious series of events with the Steelers and Raiders, Brown found himself suspended by the NFL and released from the Raiders. After that, he signed with the New England Patriots where he was until allegations led to his release from the team.
After being cleared by the NFL and serving his suspension, Bruce Arians and Tom Brady found Brown a home in Tampa Bay. In only eight games, Brown totaled 45 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns this year with the Bucs.
If you multiply that times two for playing a whole season, Brown has 90 receptions for 966 yards and eight touchdowns. That would be good enough to be the second-best receiver on the Saints, and they could definitely use the help at the position.
He is also a very cap-friendly option.
Damien Wilson, LB, Kansas City
Damien Wilson is a great linebacker, but Kansas City is in a dilemma where Wilson’s contract is up and they have two or three very good linebackers who could take his position. Because of that, there is a good chance the Chiefs let Wilson walk in free agency.
The Saints then have the opportunity to swoop in and get a cap-friendly linebacker who could start at the position alongside Demario Davis. Last season, Wilson totaled 73 tackles and four of which were for a loss. He added one pass defended and one forced fumble.
Considering the Saints really only have one quality linebacker, there really isn’t anyone to compare Wilson to. However, it would allow them not to have to pay Kwon Alexander, who is coming off of an Achilles Tendon rupture, $13 million per year.
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