New Orleans Saints release cornerback Jerome Murphy; roster spot open for a signing


December 12, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Jerome Murphy (23) against the New Orleans Saints before a game at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

According to several reports, the New Orleans Saints have released cornerback Jerome Murphy which will put the roster at 52 players.  With this one spot open, will the club sign a defensive free agent to fill it?

Murphy joined the team at the end of preseason and was signed because of his familiarity with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo who was his head coach while both were with the St. Louis Rams.

The release likely means that cornerback Johnny Patrick is on the mend after being injured in the team’s home opener against the Washington Redskins.  Murphy was called into action for that game as soon as Patrick went down and Corey White has been filling that role since.

This leaves a roster spot open which the Saints could use in a variety of ways.  It would seem though that if they did use it, a defensive player would likely be signed from free agency.

The Saints could actually use the help in several areas including the pass rush department.  The team could sign a veteran corner to help in the secondary like Chris Carr or Andre Goodman, but it’s unlikely given Murphy’s release and if Patrick is back to full strength.

A more plausible scenario would involve bringing in someone like defensive end James Hall or Andre Carter.  Another could be signing Ernie Sims who was among some of the free agent linebackers the Saints worked out last week.