Roster move should be made by the New Orleans Saints at defensive end


September 1, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Turk McBride (90) against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter of a preseason game at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

In a recent article posted, the question was asked if the New Orleans Saints should consider releasing defensive end Turk McBride.  After seeing the reports this week, I think the answer could be obvious.

McBride has missed the entire week of practice due to an ankle injury that has plagued him in the past and caused him to miss half the season last year.  Barely two games into the season, it looks like it’s deja vu.

The Saints looked like they weren’t going to re-sign him this year but offered him a one-year contract.  McBride was most likely brought back as not only a backup for Will Smith, but later as insurance for his bounty suspensions.

The problem is that the insurance needs some insurance, which is likely why the Saints brought in free agent defensive ends James Hall and Tim Crowder.  Of the two, Hall is the most promising candidate since he has played for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo when both were with the St. Louis Rams.

Placing yourself in the region of the Saints front office, you just can’t be optimistic or trusting of being able to depend on McBride.  Not saying that he isn’t a good player, he just can’t stay healthy.

The move that the Saints should make is to either release McBride or injure reserve him if they’d like to keep him.  Then Hall should be on the next plane to New Orleans and signed to a deal.