August 12, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) during the first half of a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints set face two former teammates on October 7th game vs. Chargers

The New Orleans Saints will face many former teammates who left during free agency and are now ith other clubs.  An October 7th game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the San Diego Chargers will pit not one former Saint, but two against their old team.

Wide receiver Robert Meachem left not long after free agency opened when the Chargers wasted no time in snatching him off the open market.  The Saints didn’t want him to leave but Meachem wanted to be a #1 receiver and be paid like one, something the club couldn’t do.

Meachem won’t be the only one who sees his old team from the visitor’s side with the Chargers.  It was announced today that former Saints defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin signed a one-year deal with them as well.

Franklin doesn’t have the history that Meachem does with the Saints and frankly his impact wasn’t as great in his one season on the defensive line.  The hype leading his signing created more of a buzz than his actual play on the field.

In fairness it’s widely known that Franklin was used to playing in a 3-4 defense like when he was with the San Francisco 49ers than the Saints 4-3 scheme.  He also battled a high ankle sprain for much of the season that diminished his play.

But still it didn’t hold true when former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said that 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis would be “crying in his milk” when the Saints signed Franklin.  In the end, Saints fans were crying when the touted defensice tackle didn’t pan out.

The Saints can only hope that Franklin performs against them like he did against other teams last season…very little.

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  • larryjames836

    New Orleans Saints love they former players but football is football the Saints is out to win they game with or without they former players. The New Orleans Saints are going to be unstoppable as long as the former players don’t get mad when they can’t stop the Saints. Because we are going to be one of the contender in the Super Bowl don’t feel sorry for us because of what we went through this offseason we are ready for whatever. Because we are blessed we have Drew Brees people’s were hoping we let him go but a way was made don’t have the money to finish but he’s with the Saints. Plus our cap space went up this was a blessing we are thankful for everything that are being done to us and against us we knows who takes good care of us and its not Mr. Tom Benson its GOD Tom Benson is a provider and he’s also blessed. We believe in ourselves we have been through the stroms and the rain we have a championship to win you guys know what I mean.

  • RobFerrara

    The Saints got Brees and Sproles from them.  They got Meachem and Franklin from the Saints.  I like Meachem but I’d take that trade all day every day. 

  • larryjames836

    @RobFerrara; Man I’m telling you the New Orleans Saints are truly blessed no team in the NFL has been through the mess the Saints going through and still holding most of your good players. I know we lose but we was blessed with another one going to work out just find I’m looking forward to this season on the real I feel the Saints is unstoppable this season.