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.