New Orleans Saints can add some free agent pass rushers with extra money

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June 5, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during a minicamp session at the team

When the report came out that the New Orleans Saints were $8 million under their salary cap, analysts and fans began to brainstorm on the possibilities of adding some free agents, especially in the pass rush area.

The Saints could be done with their roster for right now, but with some added cash in the pot, it wouldn’t hurt to look for some free agents that could shore up their defensive line.

There could be other areas the team would look at, but the front four makes more sense.  With the injury of defensive end Greg Romeus, who the Saints were treating as an extra draft pick this year, it leaves some gaps.

One name that immediately came to the front of discussion was Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.  The Colts early on thought of shopping him around for a trade but Freeney refused to re-work his current contract.

Freeney is due $14 million for this year and most analysts don’t feel he’ll cave to lower it so he can be traded.  While it would be nice, it probably won’t happen except by a miracle.

There are others in consideration though that could join the Saints for the right price.  With $8 million in cap space, and possibly $13 million if linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suspended, the Saints could make a move or two.

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Tags: Andre Carter Chicago Bears Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts James Hall Kansas City Chiefs Luis Castillo New England Patriots New Orleans Saints San Diego Chargers St. Louis Rams Steve Spagnuolo Tommie Harris Washington Redskins

  • larryjames836

    With Dwight Freeney at 14 million I believe we can get 2 or 3 with this much money and good ones. Luis Castillo could be one, Andre Carter, and Tommie Harris or James Hall all veterans they knows the line.

  • Gene Higginbotham

     @larryjames836
     Larry Holder commented that Freeney would require a Reggie Bush-type trade plus Freeney may be more interested in money at his age(33).  If I had to pick two,granted they’re healthy, Andre Carter would be my first choice for a defensive end and for a defensive tackle would be a tight one with either Castillo or Harris.  Harris was a three time Pro Bowler and if the Patriots were looking at Castillo, then they obviously know something.