New Orleans Saints looking for defensive help; workout two veteran defensive ends


Oct 9, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Tim Crowder (96) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated Tampa Bay 48-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints worked out several linebackers a few weeks ago in an effort to keep their options open on the front seven.  Now it seems that they are looking for more options to help improve their pass rush on the defensive line as well.

Reports are that the team worked out defensive ends James Hall and Tim Crowder today in what could be a future roster move considering that Saints defensive end Turk McBride is still not practicing because of an ankle injury.  The same type of injury which kept McBride on the sidelines for half the season last year.

Hall has what can be referred to as the “Spags connection” since he played for Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo when both were with the St. Louis Rams.  For his career Hall has 514 tackles, 62 sacks and one interception.

Crowder is familiar with the Saints because he has played against them as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer since 2009 before being released in March of this year.  For his career Crowder has 105 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

If the Saints do decide to sign one of them then Hall would likely be a favorite if he is fully healthy.  His experience combined with his knowledge of Spagnuolo’s defense would be a welcome and needed addition to the defensive line.

Needed possibly because defensive end Will Smith’s fate is still undecided as far as his four-game suspension that has been temporarily lifted.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will decide if he will reinstate the suspension soon and if he does, the Saints will need someone to take his place since McBride can’t seem to stay healthy.