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New Orleans Saints: Tiki Barber’s Comeback And Latest Free Agent News

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The Saints got busy last week with signings agreeing to deals with free agent defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, running back Pierre Thomas and kicker Garrett Hartley.

Rogers signing helps the Saints cross out one of the biggest “to-do’s” on their list of off-season tasks, rebuild the defensive line. There is still work to be done but his addition is sure to help strengthen a pourous rush defense and boost a struggling pass rush.

Locking down Thomas and Hartley helps solifdify two position that have been in flux over recent years but also is a huge boost to the confidence of these young players who now know their jobs are secure.

However the Saints tendered offers to eight other free agents — guard Carl Nicks, left tackle Jermon Bushrod, strong safety Roman Harper, tight end David Thomas, wide reveiver Lance Moore, defensive end Jeff Charleston, defensive tackle Remi Ayodele and safety Usama Young — none of whom have yet to agree to the offers.

There are some big names on that list, some the Saints cannot afford to lose, but they have not re-signed because they don’t want to return to the team but because they are waiting to see what happens under the new and pending CBA.

The CBA agreement may contain literature that changes some of these players between restricted and un-restricted free agents as well as increasing the current 53-man roster maximum to a higher level in expectations of an eighteen game schedule. All these things will change how current deals are structured.

Currently the NFL and NFLPA are meeting in Washington D.C. after agreeing to a seven day extension to the current CBA which was set to expire at midnight last Thursday. Now the two sides have today, Thursday and Friday to get a deal done or agree to another extension.