With all the talks on the current lockout at the moment, I’d rather focus on the positive. And I believe the positive is the moves the Saints have made so far.
The moment the Cleveland Browns released Shaun Rogers I said to myself that the Saints need to go after him. He terrified Drew Brees in that game this past year. He was one of the main reasons that they beat the Saints because of his constant pressure on Brees.
I’m sure Mickey Loomis and Seab Payton remembered that and immediately wanted him in the black and gold to pair with Sedrick Ellis. Reminds me of the old pair of defensive tackles in 2002, the late Norman Hand and Grady Jackson.
The Saints wanted bigger bodies in the middle thinking they would help against the run game. Well they got just that with that deal and this one as well. Hopefully this works out better for the Saints than the one in 2002.
The other deal I wanted to talk about is the surprising signing of running back Pierre Thomas. There wasn’t much hope from media yet people I knew kept saying they thought Pierre Thomas would re-sign.
The majority had Thomas signing elsewhere especially given all that happened this past year with the mis-diagnosis of his ankle injury.
I had even heard some saying that we didn’t need him. Let me refresh your memories of 2009. First of all no one runs a screen pass like Pierre. It is a big part of the Saints offensive game and case in point the 2009 season, specifically the first Saints touchdowns in both the NFC championship game and the Super Bowl.
In my humble opinion I never wanted lose Thomas and was very relieved when I read they resigned him. I though it would’ve been a big mistake to let him walk.
The saints have the most free agents in the NFL, and there is still plenty of work to do, but SO FAR SO GOOD I say.