With reports that linebacker David Hawthorne is visiting with the New Orleans Saints and linebacker Curtis Lofton is scheduled to visit, the team needs to make an aggressive move to shore up a position that has stuggled at times.
On top of Hawthorne and Lofton, linebackers Joe Mays and Chris Chamberlain are also on the visiting list for the club. This would be a prime opportunity for the Saints to do a serious, if not necessary upgrade at the position.
Reports are back and forth on if current Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be released or not. Weakside linebacker Jonathan Casillas has been tendered an offer while linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar is exploring free agency.
Vilma is coming off two seasons where he has played injured and just recently had knee surgery. How he will respond to returning to full form and his over $6 million salary due has a big question mark hanging if he will return. Oh and don’t forget the possible suspension for the “pay for performance” scandal.
While Vilma has been a leader on defense since his arrival in 2008, his play has dwindled the last two years. The Saints can’t afford a “wait and see” approach on him or any other linebacker “projects” that still haven’t developed.
The Saints need a serious change and the proposal you’ll see will be a radical one. But if the cap space is available they should consider a bold approach to help improve this position on the front seven.