New Orleans Saints face uphill battle in free agency

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August 6, 2011; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during training camp practice at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

It comes as no surprise that the New Orleans Saints haven’t made any big moves in free agency.  Their current salary cap amount, last reported at $3 million, is causing the team to scratch and claw it’s way to even get one deal done.

In fact, the only big signings of note were wide receiver Marques Colston and guard Ben Grubbs.  Both of these actually came out of a necessity for the Saints.

Colston who is one of quarterback Drew Brees favorite targets signed before free agency and Grubbs was needed after guard Carl Nicks decided to leave for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who had deep enough pockets to steal him away.

The Saints haven’t had much luck with any other signings though, the main one being Brees.  Fans were getting excited when word came in of incoming free agent visits and waited patiently for any news.

Former Seattle Seahawks linebackers Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne both visited the Saints and both left without a contract.  Tatupu ended up signing with the Atlanta Falcons and Hawthorne was headed to visit the Detroit Lions today.

Two free agent Denver Broncos defensive players, linebacker Joe Mays and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, visited over the weekend with less than productive results so far.

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