Impact Players Will Come In Free Agency, Not Just Draft For Saints

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Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh targets Eagle RB Lesean McCoy (Source: zimbio.com)

Now, I know everyone is so very caught up in the Saint’s recent draft selections, including myself. 

To be completely honest (and mostly logical) the players who are most likely to create the biggest difference for the Saint’s will be the people they can pick up in free agency (with the exception of Ingram).

The first question is which players will Loomis and Payton drop in order to make room for newer and (hopefully) more talented free agents? Which players aren’t as important enough to the team so that the pressure on the salary cap can be lessened?

The Saints right now have a long list (29) of unsigned free agents.  To name a few: Roman Harper, Darren Sharper, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Danny Clark, Lance Moore,  and Heath Evans were all unsigned before the lockout.  In my opinion, just this brief list, makes next year not seem so easily winnable.

For this next part, we are not going to take the monetary side into account.  I’m no businessman and I’m sure that’s not what you want to hear.  What the Who Dat Nation wants to know is who will be the new faces of the New Orleans Saints next year.

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  • gottabedam

    While I liked Jasper coming out of LSU, I feel like you are only focusing on Hartley’s missed field goal in the Falcons game rather than what he has done in his career. For example:

    You tout Jasper’s career FG percentage at a “whopping 83.9%”. What’s Hartley’s in the pros? A “will-he-or-won’t-he-make-it 85.7%.

    You also gloss over the fact that Hartley also has a much stronger leg. In his career he is 12-14 from 40+. Compare that to Jasper’s last year where he was only 10-15 from the same distances (but with only a long of 50 compared to Hartley’s 52).

    You also forget that Hartley is in the NFL record books with being the first place kicker to go 3-3 on kicks 40+ in Super Bowl history.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like Jasper and think he can do very well in the pros, but I just don’t understand the constant Hartley hate around Who Dat Nation. Karney missed the kick for the River City Relay, Morten Anderson missed his fair share of game winners. Let this kid get over it.

    • Eli Gay

      I agree gottabedam, since the Carney era there has been an exaggerated amount of skepticism at the kicking position. Kickers cannot perform at their highest potential if they cannot be freely trusted by their coaches and fan base. Hartley has shown amazing ability and fantastic talent for clutch situations alongside typical inconsistencies that are givens with a young kicker in the NFL. The great kickers in this league fix those inconsistencies with time and experience, and that is what we need to do with Hartley, just be patient.