Saints made offer to Stanford Routt; What about Brandon Carr?
Routt, at 6 foot 1 and 195 pounds, is more like the body type that New Orleans new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo covets, as the Saints have not one corner that stands over six feet tall.
Also part-time starter Tracy Porter, who lost his starting job to Partick Robinson towards the end of the year, is scheduled to become a free agent, and the Saints probably aren’t keen on paying him as starter to remain with the team.
Porter is smooth, possesses good speed, and can drive on the ball, but is an atrocious tackler — often times muffing completely on opposing receivers or running backs.
Also the Saints top corner — Jabari Greer — is a candidate for release considering his $5.4 million dollar base salary in 2012.
Surely New Orleans front office would like to keep him, considering he led the team in pass deflections last season with 18, but the “money” may run dry after they attempt to re-sign Drew Brees, Carl Nicks, and Marques Colston.
Now that the Chiefs have signed Routt it nearly gurantees that they let starter Brandon Carr, who plays opposite Brandon Flowers, leave the team via free agency.
The Saints could look his direction to infuse some talent into their secondary
Carr, just like Routt, fits the mold of what Spagnuolo likes in a corner — he stands and even six feet tall and weighs 207 pounds — but is very quick, as he has been clocked as low as 4.4 flat in the forty-yard dash.
His size and athleticism would be a welcome addition to the Saints secondary where he would surely be used to lock up with the leagues bigger receivers — like Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, and Andre Johnson — whom the Saints have struggled with in the past.
But Carr is not likely to come cheap when he hits the market. But, assuming the Saints are absent Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer at some point, they could likely make a realistic run at obtaining his services for the foreseeable future.
Carr was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. He has started every game for the Chiefs since, making 237 tackles, 65 pass deflections, and eight interceptions over his four seasons in the league.