A.J. Hawk, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee And The New Orleans Saints

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Given the uncertain status of running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas the Saints may look towards free agency to help shore up the position.

The Washington Redskins are expected to release running back Clinton Portis, and the Baltimore Ravens are also expected to release Willis McGahee, both veterans that could help the Saints get more production on the ground in a multi-back system.

Portis injured his groin last season and was a non-factor for the Redskins. His injury also cleared the way for a favorite of head coach Mike Shanahan, Ryan Torain, to interview for and secure what is likely to be the starting position for Washington next year.

Essentially Portis took the season off and will be completely healed from the groin injury before the start of the 2010-2011 season. He runs the screen well, which is a staple in Sean Payton‘s offense, and has plenty left in the tank to still be productive.

McGahee has seen his role decrease with the Ravens since they drafted the versatile Ray Rice a few seasons ago, essentially demoting him to backup and exclusive short yardage back, where he has totaled twenty touchdowns over the last two seasons.

The Saints could use a powerful runner and goal line back to mirror young rookie Chris Ivory, who has similar running style, as well as coach Ivory on how to maintain a healthy body and stay relatively injury free.

Baltimore’s decision to release McGahee was not taken lightly but as is the case so often in the NFL the move was the best interest of the team considering he is scheduled to make six million dollars as a backup.

The Ravens would like to re-sign McGahee at a reduced salary but if a team were to come along and throw a little more money his way than it’s nearly assured he would not return to Baltimore.

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  • http://NFlmocks.com Jesse Bartolis

    Fansided’s NFLmocks has put up a New Orleans Saints Full mock draft if you could share it with your readers.

    http://nflmocks.com/2011/02/27/new-orleans-saints-team-mock-draft/

  • Leonard Anderson

    I really would like to see A.J.Hawk at Saint. I also would like to see either Mcgahee or Portis in the running back mix. I just hope the Mediator can get the two sides to put away their Greed of money and Selffishness towards the fans to get a Fair for both sides long term deal done. The draft will be so anti-climatic if a Strike is looming on the horizon. Negotiation means both sides have to give and take. Not for the money, owners, or players. But for the Fans. We are the Heart of the NFL. Without our support neither would exist.