New Orleans Saints have an available roster spot to fill; not many options in free agency

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Jan 1, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Ernie Sims (55) in the fourth quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Jaguars won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

When the New Orleans Saints placed linebacker Chris Chamberlain and offensive lineman Fenuki Tupou on injured reserve, it opened up two roster spots.  They filled one by signing wide receiver Greg Camarillo which leaves one spot still open.

Of course the question would be what to do with that spot in terms of players.  Free agency has left the pool of players to pick from pretty slim in terms of bringing in a valuable backup.  Camarillo was a good find although he’s not a premier receiver.

Conventional wisdom would say to fill Chamberlain’s vacancy with another linebacker but the only problem is finding a quality player that’s left who can fill the weakside linebacker position like he did with his performance as well as knowledge of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme.

One option is linebacker Ernie Sims who has played the position at weakside linebacker like Chamberlain.  A former first round pick for the Detroit Lion in 2006, he has 530 tackles for his career with 4.5 sacks and one interception.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt did say though that they will restack their position boards this week to see who could fill in at the linebacker position.  The Saints do have players currently on the roster who are capable of stepping in.

Linebacker David Hawthorne is considered the starter at that position while Jonathan Casillas and Will Herring are right behind him.  Casillas has had a great training camp so far but like Herring, he just needs to be someone who can stay healthy.

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Tags: Chris Chamberlain David Hawthorne Detroit Lions Ernie Sims Fenuki Tupou Greg Camarillo Jonathan Casillas New Orleans Saints Steve Spagnuolo Will Herring

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