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Expect to see more free agent visits to the New Orleans Saints

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New Orleans Saints fans should expect to see some more visits from free agent players, especially on defense, within the next month.  The NFL Combine is next week which could raise or lower the boom on how many the team look at.

Followers of Who Dat Nation pounced on the news yesterday when it was announced that the Saints had brought in former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu for a visit.

Speculation began about why he was brought in and what it meant.  Was he here to replace current midde linebacker Jonathan Vilma?  Would all the Scott Shanle haters finally get their wish and see him replaced? Etc., etc…

Don’t get too excited yet though everybody.  The Saints weren’t the only visit Tatupu made.  NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora also reported that he made a similar visit to the Tennessee Titans after he left New Orleans.

The only way I see Vilma being released is if he dosen’t accept a paycut from the $5.6 million base salary he’s scheduled to make in 2012.  Though he’s been injured, Vilma still has some football left to play.

To the Shanle Hate Club, two things in his favor are that the Saints re-signed him to a new contract last year and also current defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo actually tried to lure Shanle away last year when he was head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

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