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Focus for New Orleans Saints will now be on guard Carl Nicks

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If the Saints do lose Nicks, they will be in scramble mode to try and either find a player from within or in free agency to replace him.  Guard Matt Tennant would be next up on the roster at that position unless they moved offensive tackle Charles Brown to that spot.

Both players are limited in experience with Brown seeing the most playing time.  Yet this was at the right tackle position for Zach Strief who was injured for several games.  Brown was also hurt during a game and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

Saints fans should take time to digest the situation that is at hand.  The Saints are still trying to work out a deal with Brees, the tag just gives them a layer of security.  It’s obvious things need to be worked out and more time was needed.

With a little over a week until free agency starts, this should be enough time to find a suitable number for Nicks while also keeping negotiations open with Brees.  Remember, the franchise tag can be removed as well before training camp starts.

The odd-man out here is most likely going to be wide receiver Marques Colston.  He is also looking for a long-term deal with a nice number as well.  Now the ball is in Nicks court and we’ll have to wait to see how much cap space is left for Colston when they’re done.