I know that a lot of owners and general manager’s are paying close attention to what the Saints do with their big name free agents. Here’s a quick look at what I think is going to happen.
First and foremost the Saints will retain Drew Brees by any means necessary.
If this means losing out on some pricey veterans, or parting ways with Carl Nicks, it’s going to happen.
The how and when are the questions, and no doubt Brees is going to get a very large contract, just when is he going to get it?
Carl Nicks is largely considered one of the best guards in the league.
I think the Saints do what they can, to keep him, but it seems very unlikely that they will be able to keep him and wide receiver Marques Colston.
Nicks stated that he hates the idea of having the franchise tag applied to himself, but it is an option.
Marques Colston, Drew Brees’ number one target, and of the big three free agents I consider to be the most expendable.
Sure he has put up great numbers, but he is the benefactor of a having a quarterback that spreads the ball around more than any othe in the league.
Tracy Porter can be good in man coverage, but has been inconsistent at best when it comes to tackling.
Under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, he will likely be allowed to leave in free agency and replaced by Patrick Robinson.
Robert Meachem will be a casualty of being a member of a talented, deep receiving core.
I will be surprised if he is retained to be quite honest.
He has been a game changer at times, but has disappeared from a game more times then I like to count.
Some of the players that I believe the Saints will address during this off season that aren’t free agents; Jonathan Vilma, and Will Smith.
While a lot of people speculate about Jabari Greer, he has performed well against some of the leagues better receivers, and the Saints can’t ask for more than that.
Jonathan Vilma’s injuries are becoming more frequent which is a cause for concern.
The Saints may seek out a younger cheaper version, and this could be done with the re-signing of Jo-Lonn Dunbar who filled in nicely for Vilma last season.
Defensive end Will Smith just has not had the production in consideration to the amount that he gets paid.
If you want to get paid like an elite pass rusher then you better produce season after season. Smith just doesn’t do that consistently.