Early Evaluation of the New Orleans Saints 2012 Free Agents

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Chance of resigning: 60%

Turk McBride, DE: We all saw this guys’ talent during the Bears game in week 2. He has tremendous amount of ability to get to the quarterback, which the Saints need desperately. Unfortunately, injuries have slowed him down this year. His ankle has bothered him all season. It leaves one to wonder if his explosiveness will be the same next season. The Saints don’t have a first-round pick next year, so it may be tough to sign a pass-rusher. And Greg Romeus, the draft pick from this past off season, will be fully healthy entering next season. Still in his prime, McBride can help the defensive line next year. But at what cost?

Chance of resigning: 50%

Jeff Charleston, DE: At the end of this year, the defensive ends on the Saints roster will be Will Smith, Junior Galette, Cameron Jordan, and Greg Romeus. Charleston has been with the Saints for almost the entire Sean Payton era. As previously stated, Loomis will have to be dealing out a lot of money this off season. But if Charleston accepts the veteran minimum, which he most likely will, i think he can re-sign. He contributes on special teams and is still a decent pass-rusher. He loves this organization and has good work ethic. It’s either him or McBride.

Chance of resigning: 50%

Leigh Torrence, CB: Torrence provides depth at the corner back position. Although he’s not the most talented guy on the roster, he still can be relied upon. He is not the most expensive player so resigning him is a possibility. he provides depth and experience to the roster. Good chance he comes back.

Chance of resigning: 75%

Tracy Porter, CB: Saints fans, let’s face the facts here. The face of our franchise, best guard in the NFL, and number one receiver are all unrestricted free agents. Big money will be spent. We desperately need to invest in a pass rush to get to the quarterback on defense. We have the best safety combination in the NFC to provide pass protection. Jabari Greer is the best cornerback in the NFC South. Mickey Loomis loves drafting secondary players, and loves building through the draft. Patrick Robinson has been seeing a lot of playing time this year. Johnny Patrick is coming into his own. We don’t need a cornerback who is the worst tackler on the team and is a liability in pass protection. Mickey Loomis would love to have Porter back, he is still a great player. But his asking price will be too high and won’t settle for less. With another cornerback being added in the draft, that makes Porter expendable. There is still a chance he resigns, but only if he takes a pay-cut. I don’t see that happening.