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With the offseason among us, free agent signings are crucial for all teams, especially the Saints which lack draft picks in the upcoming draft. These are my top free agent ‘must haves’ for the Saints:
FA #1: TE Jared Cook
Former Raiders Pro Bowl Tight End Jared Cook is a top TE free agent in this market along with a couple of other names. Cook finished out the year with 68 receptions totaling 896 yards, 6 touchdowns, and a Pro Bowl appearance. After Benjamin Watson’s retirement from football, the Saints now lack a solid receiving tight end to compliment Josh Hill who is a primarily a blocker. Jared Cook could do just that.
FA #2: S Tyrann Mathieu
After 5 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and 1 season with the Houston Texans, Tyrann Mathieu is expected to hit the open market. Mathieu, or more commonly known as the “Honey Badger,” was born and raised in New Orleans where he soon attended LSU. Last season, he recorded 89 combined tackles along with 3 sacks and 2 interceptions.
FA #3: WR Adam Humphries
For my last free agent signing for the Saints, former Tampa Bay WR Adam Humphries would have great chemistry with Drew Brees because the Saints are in search for a solid, reliable slot receiver. Adam Humphries would bring just that to New Orleans. Also, Cole Beasley would be a great fit but the Saints don’t have enough cap space for Beasley who’s in search for a $20 million contract. Humphries recorded 76 receptions for 816 yards and 5 touchdowns.
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