It’s no secret the Saints would like to get better at the strong side linebacker position whether they had kept Scott Fujita on board or not.
Payton and Loomis will be bringing in a bevy of un-drafted rookies at a handful positions including SLB so the answer may lie with one of those rookies or the young backers currently on the roster
Former Jaguar linebacker Clint Ingram was brought in for a visit after his tendered contract offer was recinded when the team acquired veteran linebacker Kirk Morrison from the Raiders via a trade.
Ingram played the strong side linebacker position with the Jaguars starting in 46 games with 34 starts over the last four years recording 194 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 pass deflections and 2 interceptions.
At 6-2 and 240 pounds Ingram is a tough, physical linebacker with a pretty good mix of power and speed for the position, although never becoming super productive with a career high 71 tackles his rookie season.
Injuries can also be a concern with Ingram as he has never finished a complete season even ending his 2009 campaign on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
For the Saints however under Gregg Williams tutelage in a defense Ingram is already familiar, having played for Williams when he was the DC for the Jaguars in 2008, could blossom into a real commodity for the defending Super Bowl champs.
Contractually Ingram shouldn’t command much more than the league minimum salary it may be in the best interest of the team to pick him up on the cheap and let him compete for the starting SLB spot in training camp.
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