Free agent cornerback Drayton Florence should warrant a look from the New Orleans Saints

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Sep 18, 2011; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Drayton Florence (29) reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills defeated the Raiders 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Buffalo Bills released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence yesterday after drafting two cornerbacks, Stephen Gilmore and Ron Brooks, in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Florence could be an asset that the New Orleans Saints could use in their secondary.

Florence has been in the league since he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2003 in the second round.  He also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and in 2009 signed with the Buffalo Bills.

His 2009 campaign wasn’t that great, but his 2010 and 2011 season were very productive.  In 2010, he had 58 tackles, 15 passes defended, 3 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, and a forced fumble.

In 2011, Florence had similar results with 50 tackles, 12 passes defended, 3 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, and a forced fumble.

Florence unfortunately was going to make a base salary of around $4 million and combined with their already crowded backfield, he became expendable.

What would be the Bills loss could be the Saints gain.  Second year cornerback Johnny Patrick in an interview yesterday on  WIST 690 AM,  hinted that he will try to fill the nickel cornerback spot that Tracy Porter used to have.

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  • DARKTHRONE

    I like the idea of bring in a veteran CB.. but only at the right $…. because I’m pretty high on Johnny Patrick.  And Corey White will have to make some sort of transition in the pro game, like all rookie DB’s do.
    Also remember we have that S who started for Arkansas… he is a little small ( 5-9″ I believe, which is probably why he went undrafted), but a good buddy who follows the Razorbacks told me, “He’s very smart and good in coverage”.
    All-in-all, I’m looking forward to seeing these rookies go at it in pre-season!!!
    SAINTS WILL DESTROY
    PA