The New Orleans Saints went on a signing spree at the linebacker position over recent weeks — inking Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, and Chris Chamberlain — but maybe it’s time to look at the cornerback position.
Corner Tracy Porter was allowed to test the waters of free agency after another sub-par season. The Saints were never high on bringing him back, but he could have made for a serviceable nickel corner.
Porter drew interest from several teams before eventually signing with the Denver Broncos, where it’s perceived he will be thrust into a starting role alongside Pro Bowler Champ Bailey.
Now the Saints have lost corner Leigh Torrence, who signed with the Washington Redskins hours ago.
Like Porter, it’s unclear how much interest the Saints had in bringing him back for another year.
Torrence played in Washington from 2006 through the 2007 season before spending the last four years with the Saints.
He played primarily on special teams during his tenure with the team. Torrence did however see game action as a nickel corner, appearing in 38-games making two interceptions and 66 tackles.
New Orleans is now down to six corners on the roster — Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Johnny Patrick, Kamaal McIIlwain, Cord Parks, and Josh Victorian — the latter of three may not even make the roster.
Free agent corner Kelvin Hayden made a visit to the team and was worked out, but he accepted a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears just a few days ago.
The market is shrinking fast and the Saints may have to move on the “top” corners still available.
That would include Terrance Newman, Chris Johnson, Benny Sapp, Lito Sheppard, and Justin King.
King may be the best option as he is only 25-years old and played pretty well at times for the Rams last year. The rest average no younger than 31.
Other options include looking towards the draft, where the Saints won’t pick until the third round.
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