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Kristian: Best of the Rest in Free Agency

Kristian@wwl.com - 3.18.13 

Free agency is nearly a week old and the market is drying up quickly with a few big names still on the market.  We'll take a look at the best available free agents and some possible fits for the Saints.  I'll give you three names to watch at two different positions.  Cornerback and Linebacker are up first.  Tomorrow we'll look at offensive line and defensive line.


1.  Nnamdi Asomugha:  The 31 year old veteran was in New Orleans over the weekend for a sit down with the Saints.  Asomugha is intriguing for the simple fact that he's still on the market.  He doesn't have the leverage he had a week ago and the Saints could get a really good player at a pretty decent price.  Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is familiar with Asomugha having coached him, when the two were with the Raiders a few years ago.

2.  Brent Grimes:  He's still on the market after coming off an Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season.  If he's recovered, Grimes is a solid player.  Some teams might question just how much he has recovered from his injury.  Grimes is a notch below Asomugha as one of the top tier guys still available.

3.  Antoine Winfield:  He's 36 and that usually is considered ancient by NFL standards.  The Vikings cut Winfield at the start of free agency, but he would fit in New Orleans if they miss out on Asomugha or Grimes.  Winfield is likely headed toward a 1 year deal with his next team.


1.  Victor Butler:  He's definitely on the Saints radar, but also on other teams’ radar as well.  He's a young player, and that's something the Saints love in plucking free agents off the market.  Butler might command a bigger contract than the Saints are willing to pay for a guy who is an unproven back-up player in Dallas for four seasons.  Rob Ryan knows this player pretty well too and can provide the Saints with some really good intel.  I don't think he lands in New Orleans.

2.  Elvis Dummervil:  I have him ranked below Butler simply because I don't think the Saints can afford him.  He would be a nice addition to the Black & Gold, but after the contract snafu in Denver he's going to look for big cash now that he has unexpectedly become a free agent.  

3.  James Harrison:  The Saints have reached out to the veteran linebacker; gauging his interest in coming to New Orleans.  I'm told Harrison would love to land in the Big Easy.  However, this looks like a 1 or 2 year deal in the making.  Harrison is in his mid-thirties with the possibility of just a season or two of good play left.  The Saints could go with Harrison as some insurance in case they miss out on the guy they want in the draft.

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03/18/2013 12:06PM
Kristian: Best of the Rest in Free Agency
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03/18/2013 1:52PM
Good Picks...
I'd like to see us pick up Nnamdi and Victor, but we shall see...the Ben Watson signing is a good plus for the offense. When are you going to change your avatar, Kristian? Looks like a guy with a jaw problem or something...sure you can find a better one! WHO DAT?!
03/18/2013 5:01PM
Free Agency choices!
As it stands,the Saints has got to address the safety position sooner rather than later. Harper hurts the defense much more than you experts are admitting and all things being equal and upgraded, his position has got to be upgraded or the other moves or for naught.
03/19/2013 8:56AM
we don't need any more free agents.
I don't think the Saints need any more free agents at this point. The secondary is going to be fine with Lewis, Greer, Robinson, and White. And the Saints will draft a linebacker in the first round of the draft, and most likely pick up a left tackle in the 3rd or 4th round.
03/19/2013 10:30AM
Did you get a chance to look at a game last year. Im a die hard saints fan but Robinson struggled Greer getting older and cory white lets just say God bless him.. We need grimes and Nnamdi and grimes that mean we would have to release Greer and Robinson well so be it and move keenan Lewis to the nickel..
03/19/2013 11:30AM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
On another note Saints fan Drew Brees needs your votes on QB contest go http://espn.go.com/espnradio/prackets? Id=9032066&am..
03/19/2013 12:53PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
error on above sorry. to vote for Drew go http:espn.go.com/espnradio/bracket?id=9032066&
03/19/2013 12:57PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Sorry again another error: to vote for drew and right now it is 50%to 50% here we go again another try: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/bracket?id=9032066&
05/17/2013 4:09PM
I think saints need to sign Charles Hawkins this young man is a cut above the rest, he play for the love of the game
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