New Orleans Saints need options at cornerback position

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Dec 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Johnny Patrick (32) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints secured a position in free agency that has lacked in recent years which is linebacker.  Now the team needs to focus on filling in at the cornerback position.

The Saints saw a major change in their secondary when Tracy Porter left for the Denver Broncos in free agency.  Porter had been on the market for almost two weeks and some thought he would return.

However the Saints never really seemed to pursue Porter in an aggressive manner which suggested that they were ready to move on.  To be honest, his play was the best in 2009 but had regressed the last two seasons.

The issue now is trying to find someone to take Porter’s spot in the backfield.  The Saints have different directions they could go in to fill this position.

Free agency could be one route for the team.  The only problem is that most of the good cornerbacks are already off the market or the one’s left aren’t that spectacular.

Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Kelvin Hayden recently visited the team last weekend but instead ended up signing with the Chicago Bears who had been pursuing him also.

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Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Jabari Greer, Johnny Patrick, Justin King, Kelvin Hayden, Leigh Torrence, Marcus Trufant, New Orleans Saints, Patrick Robinson, Seattle Seahawks, Steve Spagnuolo, Tracy Porter

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  • cotton

    I believe the Saints should try to get Asante Samuel from Philly, since there trying to trade him.

  • larryjames836

    Cotton; they were looking at Josh Victorian and also looking at Kamaal Mcllwain he was with the Falcons just for backup the might pick him up I’m not sure.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @cotton I think Asante Samuel would be an awesome pickup. Even though his tackling could be a bit better there is no arguing that he would make a great addition to the secondary.

    However the only bad thing is that Samuel would be a huge hit to the Saints cap space which right now is close to $1.5 million left for elbow room. His salary due from Philadelphia is $11 million. Samuel said he would be willing to lower it by two million to make the trade happen, but that would still be too rich for the Saints right now.

    Samuel also would likely want a starting role which with Robinson and Greer set to take those this season, that wouldn’t work either. I actually thought Hayden was going to get signed to a one or two year deal, but Chicago wanted him badly.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @larryjames836 Yes Mcllwain and Victorian are both signed by the Saints to reserve/future contracts for the season. The only problem is that neither one has any experience to immediately step in for a role that Porter had. The Saints would need a vet to step in for his spot since if Robinson or Greer are injured for any amount of time, Johhny Patrick would have to step in. After that, the Saints have no one else for depth.