The talented New Orleans Saints have been fairly busy this offseason in terms of the free-agent market. Are there still some veterans on their short list?
Since they do not have a selection in the first-, third- or fourth round of this year’s draft, the New Orleans Saints were going to have to plug any holes on their team with veteran pickups.
They’ve done a pretty good job so far in free agency, adding quality performers such as 2018 Pro Bowl tight end Jared Cook (Oakland Raiders), offensive lineman Nick Easton and running back Latavius Murray — both from the Minnesota Vikings — and defensive tackles Malcom Brown (New England Patriots) and Mario Edwards (New York Giants).
Of course, the team to win the NFC South each of the past two seasons and a club that came within a bitter overtime loss in the conference title game to the visiting Los Angeles Rams of reaching Super Bowl LIII also saw its share of notable departures. Perhaps the most significant was the sudden retirement of standout center Max Unger, who made all but one start for the Saints the past four seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2018.
On the other hand, Murray was signed in anticipation of the departure of Mark Ingram, who would join the Baltimore Ravens in March.
So is Sean Payton’s club still the best team in its division? The Saints do have six picks in the upcoming draft, including two each in the sixth and seventh rounds. So don’t be surprised if the franchise is still looking for a few more veterans when it comes to depth — such as these three players.